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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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Chance of finding remains of all MH17 victims 'slimmer'

The chance of finding the remains of all 298 victims of the MH17 crash is growing slimmer as fighting in the area prevents international investigators from accessing the disaster site, officials said.

A joint Australian-Dutch probe team will renew efforts on Monday to gain access to the crash site of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine. The plans to visit the site yesterday had been dropped because of nearby fighting.

MH17 site visit by the international investgators was dropped due to fighting. Credit: Reuters

"The fighting intensified overnight," said Australian Deputy Commissioner of National Security Andrew Colvin.

"There remains a possibility that we may not get there in the near future," he said. "I don't want to consider the fact that we may never get to that site."

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