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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Abbott and Putin discuss MH17 crash site

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott discussed the need to ensure that international recovery experts can work safely at the MH17 airliner crash site with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said.

The interior of the wreckage, which is believed to be part of the economy section of the plane. Credit: Laura Wilshaw/ITV News

At least 27 Australians were on the plane from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was downed last week over part of Ukraine.

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