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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Family 'happy and relieved' after MH17 victim identified

The family of MH17 victim Liam Sweeney - one of two Newcastle United fans killed in last month's plane crash - have said they are "happy and relieved to be getting (him) home" after his body was identified.

Liam Sweeney, 28, died along with fellow Newcastle fan John Alder on the Malaysian Airlines flight on 17 July.

Tributes were paid to Liam Sweeney and John Alder, who were travelling across the world to see their team play during a pre-season tour of New Zealand.

Liam Sweeney's father Barry later called for the bodies of his son and the other victims to be returned to their families in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Today's statement from the family read:

We are happy and relieved to be getting Liam home and hope that we can now move forward.

Our thoughts are with John Alder's family and the families of the other 296 victims.

We would ask that we are given some time and privacy to grieve as a family.

– Sweeney family statement

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