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 expects Russia to supply rebels with weapons

The US believes Russia intends to provide heavier and more sophisticated weapon systems to the separatists in Ukraine in the near future.

Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Steve Warren said the US "has indications" Russia intends to supply the separatists with large calibre multiple launch rocket systems. Colonel Warren said this could happen "at any time".

He stressed the US has seen a continuous flow of weapons and equipment from Russia into Ukraine for several weeks.

Asked about the reports yesterday that Russia has been targeting Ukrainian military sites inside Ukraine from across the border in Russia, Colonel Warren said this is "unquestionably an escalation from a military perspective".

And while he would not provide a battle damage assessment or talk about Russian targeting, Colonel Warren said these artillery strikes do cause "great concern" about the possibility of civilian casualties.

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