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Australia condemns 'grotesque violations' of MH17 crash site

Australia condemns 'grotesque violations' of MH17 crash site

Updated 22 July 2014, 16:58 AEST

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted in favour of a resolution demanding safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the site where the Malaysian airlines plane was brought down over Ukraine.

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop led the charge for the vote, which Russia eventually supported after some changes to the text.

She says grief has turned to outrage following what she calls "grotesque violations" at the crash site.

Ms Bishop says there will be no rest until the victims' bodies are brought home.

This latest development comes as heavy fighting resumes between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine forces.

The rebels have allowed the bodies recovered from flight MH17 to be taken to the city of Kharkiv, and then flown to the Netherlands.

And Malaysia's government says the separatists have now handed over the downed MAS plane's flight recorders.

Speakers: Julie Bishop, Australia's Foreign Minister; Frans Timmermans, Dutch Foreign Minister

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