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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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Crowds line motorway in tribute to MH17 victims

Large crowds have lined the Dutch roadside to pay their respects to the victims of the MH17 plane disaster as more remains and body parts were returned to the Netherlands for identification.

People lined bridges and the roadside of the A27 motorway near Nieuwegein as the hearses drove past. Credit: Reuters/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos
Lowered Dutch flags were waved as the sad procession passed for a second day. Credit: Reuters/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos
A policeman saluted as the convoy passed. The remains of the victims have been transported to a military base in Hilversum ahead of a long identification process. Credit: Reuters/Mischa Rapmund

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