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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'No evidence' Russia supplied weapons to separatists

Russia's UK Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko has said there is "no evidence" Russia had supplied weapons to separatists in eastern Ukraine and said any use of sanctions would send the "wrong message" to Kiev.

Western sanctions would be "illegal" and "counter-productive" and hurt the global economy, he said.

Mr Yakovenko said it was "striking" how much the United States "relied on social media" in relation to the MH17 crash rather than "intelligence" sources.

He said the decision of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to halt cooperation with Russia over new investments was "unacceptable" and "harmful" to all parties.

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