MOSCOW, August 8 (RIA Novosti) — Russia considers Kiev’s decision to suspend the ceasefire at the crash site of the Malaysian Boeing passenger plane in eastern Ukraine a violation of a UN Security Council resolution demanding the cessation of all combat action in the area, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.
“It [the decision] is a clear violation of the Resolution 2166, which has demanded an immediate stop to combat around the site," the ministry said in a statement.
The Ukrainian government announced that the ceasefire at the site will be interrupted "until the second phase of the investigation.”
Earlier on Friday, however, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers said the ceasefire in the 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) zone around the crash site is still in effect and that Ukrainian troops would not launch military activities there.
A group of international investigators Thursday decided to suspend their work in the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.
The plane, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, carried nearly 200 Dutch citizens. The Dutch authorities announced that the search for the remains of the crash victims was halted due to the dangerous situation around the crash site and will resume once the security situation allows.
Kiev authorities and independence supporters have been blaming each other for the downing of the plane, with independence supporters insisting they lacked the means to shoot down a target flying at that height. The US continues to blame Russia, which allegedly provided weapons to the independence forces.
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