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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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Identifying MH17 remains will be 'very challenging'

Identifying the remains and body parts found at the MH17 crash site will be "very challenging" because of the nature of the disaster, a British official taking a leading role in the grim process has exclusively told ITV News.

Detective Inspector Howard Way of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) is among a team of nine British officials sent by the Foreign Office to join the disaster investigation.

He told ITV News Correspondent Rohit Kachroo the international effort in the Netherlands to identify the remains will take "weeks and months".

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