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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Russia says sanctions 'will slow down co-operation'

The Russian foreign ministry says a fresh round of EU sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals will mean hampering co-operation with Moscow on security issues.

Fifteeen Russian and Ukrainian nationals have been targeted with travel bans and asset freezes, while 18 organisations have had assets frozen.

"The additional sanction list is direct evidence that the EU countries have set a course for fully scaling down cooperation with Russia over the issues of international and regional security," the ministry said in a statement

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