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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Airlines to discuss post-MH17 flight routes

Heads of global aviation firms will meet today to discuss potential changes to airspace plans following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over east Ukraine.

Aviation experts are likely to discuss plans for "neutral" advice on airspace. Credit: Reuters

The meeting, hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is likely to hear calls for wider international powers to intervene when a country fails to monitor threats to its airspace.

The Malaysia Airlines crash occurred after Ukraine left open air corridors that lay within the range of the missile blamed for destroying the jet.

Airlines, represented by International Air Transport Association, will tell the meeting they urgently need improved access to "neutral information" to help them make decisions on where to fly, an industry source said.

"Some countries will never, ever say there is a problem with their airspace even if there really is a problem with their airspace," the source added. "This does not make it easy for airlines."

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