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A satellite view of the crash site in Ukraine shows the scar. (Source: Airbus DA/AllSource Analysis) A satellite view of the crash site in Ukraine shows the scar. (Source: Airbus DA/AllSource Analysis)

(CNN/RNN) - As the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 remains in the hands of pro-separatist Ukrainian rebels, with the remains of many of the 289 who died stored in refrigerated train cars, the U.N. Security Council is calling for a swift inquiry into the Malaysian Airlines disaster in Ukraine.

Ambassadors met in the early morning hours Monday as fighting continues between the separatists and Ukrainian forces in the area.

The U.N. Security Council met late into the morning discussing a proposed resolution that would call for an independent, international investigation into the downing of the jet.

It also calls on all states to refrain from, in effect, interfering with any investigation, and calls for a halt in fighting in the area so that investigators can have free rein with what remains of the Malaysian plane.

The British ambassador predicted a vote late Monday afternoon. However, Russia was the main holdout, proposing several amendments - concerned that Ukraine would have a hand in the investigation.

Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin, departed the council session, saying, "We'll see how it works out." Earlier, the British ambassador had called it "typical Russian stalling tactics."

Flight 17 was downed in Ukraine's rebel-held territory on Thursday by a surface-to-air missile. Many in the international community are condemning what they consider Russia's involvement in the ongoing civil strife.

The pro-Russian separatists' control of the site has been a source of concern, with reports of looting of plane parts and the deceased passengers' belongings, according to earlier reports.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott voiced his frustration on Monday. 

"Given the almost certain culpability of the Russian-backed rebels in the downing of the aircraft, those people in control of the site is a little like leaving criminals in control of a crime scene," he said. 

Twenty-eight Australians were lost aboard the flight.

Malaysia Airlines said 154 victims were Dutch, 43, including the crew, were Malaysian and other passengers hailed from the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines and Canada; 80 of the passengers were children.

Many of those aboard were AIDS researchers traveling to participate in an international conference in Australia.

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved. Raycom News Network contributed to this report.

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