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Ukraine government suspends MH17 crash site truce

The Ukrainian government has suspended a ceasefire in the area surrounding the MH17 crash site after the recovery mission was halted yesterday, Reuters reported.

The Netherlands halted the operation because of fighting in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch prime minister announced yesterday.

Mark Rutte told journalists in The Hague the risk posed to the team of 70 Australian, Dutch and Malaysian experts was too great to continue working in the area.

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British victims' father: We need them back here

The father of a British victim of the MH17 air disaster has told ITV News the families need the "closure" of having their loved ones' bodies brought back to them.

Barry Sweeney, whose football fan son Liam was on the downed plane, spoke as he waited at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, where he said he felt as if he was walking in his son's footsteps.

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