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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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Dutch investigators take charge of MH17 crash probe

The Dutch safety board has officially taken formal charge of MH17 crash investigation.

The organisation claimed officials have so far been unable to gain access to the site as their safety has not been guaranteed.

An international team of 24 are to investigate the disaster, and probe whether the aircraft's black boxes have been tampered with.

Decisions involving flight routes and the availability of passenger lists will also be reviewed, the safety board said.

The bodies of 40 victims have arrived in Eindhoven.

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