Premier Denis Napthine slams ‘abomination’, calls on UN to secure and investigate MH17 site

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has called on the United Nations to send forces to secure and investigate the MH17 crime scene in the Ukraine.

Dr Napthine told radio station 3AW on Monday he was concerned about the lack of action from the UN.

He demanded a NATO force to protect the crash site.

‘‘It just turns my stomach to see footage of people walking through that area, smoking, with guns over their shoulders, picking up bits and pieces and looting what is a crime scene … showing total disrespect to people and their possessions,’’ he said.

Dr Napthine said he was ‘‘white-hot with anger’’ at the desecration of the site and it was ‘‘an abomination’’ an independent investigation had not been established.

‘‘Surely that’s why we have a United Nations, to show some leadership … show some backbone and actually do something,’’ he said.

Dr Napthine’s comments follow his demand to ban Russian President Vladimir Putin from Australia’s G20 meeting if he refused to co-operate with investigators.

The MH17 disaster killed 298 people, including 40 Australians, 18 of them from Victoria. Dr Napthine said a state memorial had been planned for later in the week.

Buildings were instructed to fly flags at half-mast for the week and condolence books would be made available across the state.

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