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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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Fifa says World Cup in Russia can be 'force for good'

Fifa has rejected calls to strip Russia of the 2018 World Cup because of the country's alleged involvement in the MH17 disaster, which has seen the EU hit Russia individuals and businesses with new sanctions.

German politicians called for the hosting rights to be reviewed amid claims Russia has armed separatist rebels before the plane was shot down over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine last week.

But a statement from football's world governing body said the tournament can be a "force for good".

Fifa is convinced that, through football, particularly the Fifa World Cup and its international spotlight, we can achieve positive change in the world, but football cannot be seen as a solution for all issues, particularly those related to world politics.

We have seen that the Fifa World Cup can be a force for good and Fifa believes this will be the case for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

– Fifa

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