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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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Putin 'thuggish and dishonest', says top British diplomat

Sir Peter Westmacott is UK ambassador to the UK. Credit: Kevin Dietsch/Pool/DPA

Vladimir Putin is "thuggish, dishonest and wreckless", a top British envoy has told American television.

Sir Peter Westmactott, UK ambassador to the United States told US network MSNBC the Russian President's move to "steal" Crimea was beginning to "look like the wrong call" in light of the MH17 air disaster and anticipated EU sanctions.

He added that Russia had met none of the conditions required to avoid further sanctions and had in fact shown more cross-border interference in Ukraine since the airliner came down.

"The usual KGB playbook - a pack of lies - doesn't convince anybody," he added.

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