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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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EU governments reach Russia sanctions agreement

European governments have reached a preliminary deal to impose economic sanctions on Russia, European Union diplomats have told Reuters.

Sanctions against Russia have been tentatively agreed by European leaders. Credit: Reuters

Among the industries targeted would be the oil sector, defense sensitive technology and dual use goods, one said.

The sanctions will be reviewed after three months, they added.

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