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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Dutch mission cancels trip to MH17 site amid fighting

Dutch and Australian experts in eastern Ukraine says it has abandoned plans to go to the MH17 crash site today due to fighting along the route.

It is the third consecutive day experts were unable to do their work due to intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in the region.

Ukrainian forces have been pushing rebel units back towards their two main urban strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk and have sought to encircle them in several places, including in the wider area where the Malaysian airliner crashed on July 17.

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