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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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Sanctioned Russia will 'not take tit-for-tat measures'

Moscow will not take tit-for-tat measures or act "hysterically" in response to sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over the Ukraine crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Credit: Associated Press

"We're not preparing to act on the principle of 'an eye for an eye'," Mr Lavrov told a news conference. "We want to tackle the situation with a sober head and the president has already said that of course we can't ignore it. But to fall into hysterics and respond to a blow with a blow is not worthy of a major country," he said.

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