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 fighting 'will most likely affect MH17 crash site'

Fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops will "most likely affect the MH17 crash site," the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said.

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

Deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine Alexander Hug said: "We heard indications there's fighting going on.The situation on the ground appears to be unsafe ... we therefore decided to deploy tomorrow morning."

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