The propaganda war between Russia and Ukraine took a turn for the bizarre after a busty Crimean model was voted Russia's top natural beauty.
Maria Zarring, who has a natural 34K bust, was born in the Crimea, the Ukrainian region now run by the ethnically Russian population.
But Ukranian commentators have accused Russia of choosing the 28-year-old only because they wanted to humiliate Ukraine, and they are insisting that her breasts are not natural.
Kiev beauty expert Oksana Melnyk said: 'They have only chosen her to rub our noses in it.'
She added: 'Moscow is laughing at the Ukraine by claiming one of our own success stories for their own. But in fact she is not even a real woman.'
But model Maria says she wants no part of the furore.
She said: 'I am not interested in politics.'
'I am proud of my boobs, I am proud of my body, I am proud of my title and I am proud of my homeland.'
Maria - who now lives in Moscow - used to have an office job in marketing but gave it up in 2011 when she won a TV wet T-shirt contest.
Today Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Monday that newly elected leaders in eastern Ukrainian separatist regions have a 'mandate' to negotiate with Kiev, Interfax news agency reported.
'The elected representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk regions obtained a mandate to hold negotiations with central Ukrainian authorities to solve problems... via a political dialogue,' he said.
Interfax reported him as echoing a statement from the Foreign Ministry that Russia will 'respect the will of the people of south-east Ukraine'.