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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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Cockpit recorder from MH17 is 'in good condition'

The cockpit voice recorder recovered from flight MH17 is in good condition, the UN civil aviation body said.

The Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which is helping Ukrainian authorities probe the disaster, said in a statement the plane's digital flight data recorder was still being examined.

ICAO added it was consulting the airline industry and regional aviation bodies about how to assess the risks posed to airspace by armed conflict.

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