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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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Clegg: Unthinkable that Russia should host World Cup

Nick Clegg has said it is "unthinkable" that Russia should host the 2018 World Cup, as he called for tougher sanctions on Moscow following the MH17 disaster.

The deputy prime minister warned that failure to strip Russia of the tournament would "make the rest of the world look so weak and so insecure".

Mr Clegg told the Sunday Times that Vladimir Putin "can't have his cake and eat it", adding:

He [Vladimir Putin] can't constantly, you know, push the patience of the international community beyond breaking point, destabilise a neighbouring country, protect these armed separatists in the east of Ukraine and still have the privilege and honour of receiving all the accolades in 2018 for being the host nation of the World Cup.

It’s unthinkable that he should have the privilege of hosting the World Cup in 2018.

You can't have this - the beautiful game marred by the ugly aggression of Russia on the Russian Ukrainian border.

Not only would Vladimir Putin exploit it, I think it would make the rest of the world look so weak and so insincere about our protestations about Vladimir Putin's behaviour if we're not prepared to pull the plug.

– Nick Clegg

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