UN passes Australian resolution on access to MHI7 crash site in Ukraine

Australia's draft resolution demanding "full and unrestricted access" for investigators to the Malaysia Airlines jet crash site in eastern Ukraine has been adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who was in New York, applauded the 15-0 vote and demanded a ceasefire at the site, that the bodies be treated "with dignity" and that Russia use its influence to bring the conflict to an end.

"Today the Security Council has responded," Ms Bishop.

She told the meeting Australia is in mourning and it was "despicable" access was not being provided to the site.

The resolution demands "the armed groups in control of the crash site and the surrounding area refrain from any actions that may compromise the integrity of the crash site and immediately provide safe, secure, full and unfettered access to the site and surrounding area for the appropriate investigating authorities".

Up to 39 Australian citizens and residents died when Malaysia Airlines flight 17 crashed, with intelligence reports indicating it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

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