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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MH17 victims to be honoured at St James' Park

The two Newcastle United fans who died when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine will be honoured with a minute's silence before the team's first Premier League game this season.

The two Newcastle United fans who died when flight MH17 was shot down will be honoured at St James' Park. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

John Alder, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, were on their way to New Zealand on the Malaysia Airlines flight to watch Newcastle play two friendlies there last month.

Tributes will be paid on Sunday August 17 at St James' Park before Newcastle play Manchester City.

Team captains Fabricio Coloccini and Vincent Kompany will lay wreaths at the centre circle before kick-off, accompanied by representatives of the families of both men.

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