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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More victims identified from MH17 bringing total to 65

A Dutch led forensic team has managed to identify the remains of 42 more victims who perished aboard Malaysia Airlines flight 17, according to the Netherlands' Justice Ministry.

Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Credit: Reuters

Of these victims 21 were Dutch nationals and 21 were other nationalities, they said. A total of 65 victims have now been identified.

They said the relatives of the victims have been notified but at the request of the embassies of the countries concerned, they have not announced the specific nationalities of the non-Dutch victims.

A total of 228 coffins were brought to the Netherlands for analysis 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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