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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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MH17 investigators to examine second black box

Investigators probing the flight MH17 disaster are to examine a second black box.

Flowers left at the site of the MH17 disaster. Credit: Reuters

An international team working in Hampshire conducted an analysis of the cockpit voice recorder from the downed aircraft on Wednesday.

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) said: "This will show whether this recorder also contains relevant information, in which case the data from both recorders will be combined."

It is possible that the information handed over to the Dutch could give an indication of whether the pilots were aware of a missile coming towards the plane.

It may also determine if what happened in the last few seconds of the flight could be disclosed in any words the pilots were able to speak.

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