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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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Investigators fail to reach MH17 site due to fighting

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has stopped an international police team from reaching the MH17 crash site for a second day running, officials said.

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

A delegation of Australian and Dutch police and forensic experts stopped in Shakhtarsk, a town around 20 miles from the fields where the aircraft was downed.

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