United Nations Security Council diplomats has said the council would vote on a draft resolution co-sponsored by Australia, France and Lithuania that would call for full access to the Malaysian airliner crash site and an independent investigation.
Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said she expected all 15 council members to back the proposal, which also asks for the full co-operation of all countries in the region, including Russia.
Britain's UN ambassador tweeted:
Investigators must have immediate full access to MH17 crash site, & bodies treated with dignity. Will move ahead with SC res in next 24 hrs.
Thousands of online users have taken to social media to call for the victims of the Malaysian airliner crash to be returned to loved ones.
United States intelligence officials admitted that they do not know who fired the surface-to-air missile that downed flight MH17.
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