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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MH17: Black box damage 'will not affect recordings'

A pro-Russian separatist showing a black box to media on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

Slight damage to flight MH17's black box flight recorders will not affect the data, Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee says.

"During the inspection it was established that the recorders have slight mechanical damage which did not affect the intactness of the recorders," the Committee, a supervisory body that oversees the use and management of civil aviation, said in a statement.

The statement said there was no evidence the flight recorders had been tampered with, echoing comments by the Dutch Safety Board which is coordinating the investigation into the downing of the plane.

Russia is among countries participating in the analysis of the recorders.

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