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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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Ambassador urges UN to secure MH17 crash site

The United Nations should consider securing the MH17 crash site in Ukraine to allow "experts" to investigate the crash, Russia's UK Ambassador has said.

He spoke as Russia's ambassador in Geneva condemned the latest US sanctions against the country in relation to the tragedy as a violation of World Trade Organisation rules.

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