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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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EU imposes sanctions on Russian intelligence officials

The EU has imposed sanctions on two senior Russian intelligence officials in the wake of the downing of MH17 in eastern Ukraine, according to Reuters.

Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia's FSB security service, and Mikhail Fradhov, chief of the foreign intelligence service, are the targets of the fresh sanctions.

Bortnikov and Fradhov were among 15 Russians or Ukrainians and 18 companies named in the EU's latest sanctions list.

Pro-Russian rebels have been widely blamed for shooting down the Malaysia Airlines airliner which killed all 298 people onboard, while Western leaders have repeatedly accused Russia of backing the separatists.

The US yesterday said it "has indications" that Russia intended to supply more sophisticated weaponry to the rebels.

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