Pro-Russian separatists look at passengers' belongings at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region
Pro-Russian separatists look at the victims' belongings at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.Reuters

Reports confirm that the rebels, and possibly local residents, might have stolen not only cash and jewelry but also credit cards from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site, in the rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine. 

The disturbing truth came to light after an Ukrainian politician warned the families of the MH17 victims that people have attempted to use the credit cards of the dead passengers. 

Ukrainian MP Anton Gerashchenko stated on his Facebook page that "death hunters" were collecting cash, jewelry and credit cards from the victims of the Boeing 777, after it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

"The death hunters are collecting not only cash money and jewelry of the crashed Boeing's dead passengers but also the credit cards of the victims. They might as well try to use them in Ukraine or pass them on to Russia," Gerashchenko said.

The Pro-Russian separatist rebels and some local residents have reportedly been pillaging through the belongings of the victims.

"There isn't a single cellphone, wallet with money or camera to be found in any handbag or on the bodies. It's like they all mysteriously disappeared overnight," the Wire reported, quoting a photojournalist at the scene.

Meanwhile, the Dutch Banking Association has assured the relatives of the victims that the bank will compensate any damages, resulting from credit card theft of the MH17 passengers.

Of the 298 passengers killed, 193 were Dutch. The incidents of stealing and the horrible handling of dead bodies in general have 'angered' the Netherlands. 

Mashable reported that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte termed the treatment of the corpses by the rebels as "utterly disgusting".

"I am shocked by the images of utterly disrespectful behavior at the crash site. There are people fooling around amongst the debris with personal and recognizable items of the victims. This is utterly disgusting," Rutte stated.