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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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Australia readies police to 'help secure' MH17 crash site

Tony Abbott has predeployed 50 Australian Federal Police officers to London. Credit: Reuters

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is ready to deploy Australian police to "help secure" the MH17 crash site, adding that 50 officers had been pre-deployed to London.

Mr Abbott claimed there has still not been a "thorough professional search" of the site and said there cannot be while armed rebels with a "vested interest" in the outcome of investigations control the area.

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