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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British MH17 passenger among 23 identified victims

The remains of 23 passengers including one Briton aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 17 have been identified by the Dutch-led forensic team, according to the Netherlands' Justice Ministry.

The interior of the wreckage, which is believed to be part of the economy section of the plane. Credit: Laura Wilshaw/ITV News

Spokesperson Jean Fransman said those identified include 18 Dutch, two Malaysians, a Canadian, a German and a Briton. All of their families have been notified.

In all, 228 coffins have been brought to the Netherlands but it is not known how many victims that represents.

The forensic experts at a military base in Hilversum are using DNA samples and dental records in a process expected to take months.

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