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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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US: 'New evidence' shows Russia firing into Ukraine

The United States has said it has "new evidence" that Russia is firing artillery across the border at Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the evidence also shows Russia "(intends) to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine".

But she refused to disclose what the intelligence was based on. It followed claims from Russia's UK Ambassador that the US was sourcing its claims against Russia from "social media".

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