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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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Thousands in Holland pay respects to MH17 victims

Thousands of Dutch people lined streets today to pay their respects to the victims of flight MH17.

Thousands turn out to line the route of a convoy of hearses, bearing remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash, as they make their way to Hilversum, Holland. Credit: Reuters

Bells pealed and flags flew at half mast in memory of the 298 people killed when flight MH17 crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists.

A man holds a Netherlands flag flying at half-mast as a row of hearses, escorted by military police, passes by. Credit: Reuters

The first 16 coffins with the remains of victims landed at Eindhoven airport from an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Read: Bells toll across Holland as first victims of MH17 land

Thousands of mourners gather to show their respects to the MH17 dead. Credit: Reuters

A motorcade accompanied the hearses as they arrived at the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum.

Devastated family members of victims look on as the hearses arrive at the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks. Credit: Reuters

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