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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Military mission to secure MH17 crash site ruled out

A military mission to secure the MH17 crash site has been ruled out by the Netherlands, Australia and Malaysia, according to the Dutch Prime Minister.

Some 298 people died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

Mark Rutte said: "We concluded there was a real risk that an international mission would immediately be involved in the conflict in Ukraine."

He added that that it was "not realistic" to attain military dominance over heavily armed separatists in an area so near the Russian border.

A team of international experts were due to visit the scene where 298 people died but abandoned their plans for security reasons.

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