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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Ukraine PM offers his resignation in parliament

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has offered his resignation in parliament after seeing his recently formed government's policies thwarted.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has resigned in parliament following the break-up of his ruling coalition. Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

Mr Yatsenyuk said he would stand down "in connection with the collapse of the coalition and the blocking of government initiatives".

It came after he failed to pass energy laws and a budget measure to increase the financing of the Ukrainian army.

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