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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Sunderland man charged over 'malicious MH17 tweet'

Tributes are placed for Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney. Credit: Tom White/PA Wire

A man has been charged with posting an offensive tweet about the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster.

Northumbria Police said Mitchell Tace Chapman, 18, of Pegwood Road, Sunderland, will appear before magistrates in the city on August 11.

He is charged with making a malicious communication, which police said is in connection with "remarks posted on Twitter relating to two of the men who died" on flight MH17.

It is understood the two men were Newcastle United football fans John Alder, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, who were flying to New Zealand to watch their team play pre-season friendlies.

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