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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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Ukraine blames rebels for 'fake' fighting claims

Ukraine's foreign minister has denied the country's army was engaged in fighting near the MH17 crash site after Dutch experts cancelled a visit due to reports of hostilities.

Pavlo Klimkin tweeted that rebels had prevented the international team from reaching the site where the passenger plane crashed in eastern Ukraine.

Terrorists back to their normal outrageous practice: they don't allow OSCE (the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) monitors to access the #MH17 site claiming Ukraine army is fighting nearby.

Their argument is fake. Ukraine is committed to its unilateral ceasefire within a 40 km zone.

– Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin

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