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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Malaysia Airlines gives £2,980 to MH17 families

Malaysia Airlines is offering a payment to the families of each passenger and crew member who died aboard the MH17 flight.

The families of passengers aboard the MH17 will received a payout of around £2980 Credit: Reuters

In a statement the airlines said they were currently supporting the families and that they had assigned caregivers for each family member to "provide emotional support and assistance."

They said: "In addition, the airline is offering financial assistance of $5,000 (£2,980) to the families of each passenger and craw member. To date, a majority of the families have already received such financial assistance, which will not be part of any compensation that may be payable."

They added: "We have also taken steps to arrange for contractual benefits to which our crew are entitled to be explained and paid to their next of kin, together with a further goodwill payment to help meet the current needs of their families."

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