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 victim's dad: 'The hard part was the first coffin'

The father of one of the two Newcastle United fans killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster said "the hard part was the first coffin coming off the plane" when 44 of the deceased arrived yesterday in Holland.

Barry Sweeney, who lost his son Liam in the catastrophe, told Good Morning Britain there was a sense of relief now bodies were beginning to be returned home.

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