Envoy forced to end Crimea trip after being trapped by militia

ITV News' James Mates was with the United Nations special envoy Robert Serry as he agreed to end his mission to Crimea after he refused to go with a group of men who blocked his car and then local militia refused to let him leave a coffee shop.

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Pro-Russia activists chant as UN envoy leaves

In exclusive footage captured by ITV News, hostile pro-Russia activists chanted as UN special envoy Robert Serry left a coffee shop in Crimea after being trapped inside by unidentified men.

The Dutch diplomat was forced to make his way through angry protesters as he attempted to climb into a vehicle which is due to take him to an airport in Crimea.

Earlier, Mr Serry told ITV News that a group of unidentified men blocked his car before attempting to take over the vehicle after he refused to accompany them to the airport.

UN envoy tells ITV News of confrontation in Crimea

UN special envoy Robert Serry has spoken of his confrontation with unidentified men in Ukraine's Crimea region to ITV News.

"When I left my car was blocked and somebody, who did not identify himself, was telling me that he had orders to bring me immediately to the airport. I refused," Mr Serry told Europe Editor James Mates.

He revealed that he managed to get out of his car after the unidentified group attempted to take control of the vehicle.

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Serry leaves amid chants from pro-Russia protesters

UN special envoy Robert Serry left a coffee shop in Crimea amid loud chants from pro-Russia protesters in the region.

Mr Serry was forced to abandon his trip to the region after being confronted by armed men.

The UN representative sheltered in a coffee shop with ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates after refusing to leave with the group.

Threat to UN envoy should be 'seriously condemned'

The UN representative in Ukraine Robert Serry was "seriously threatened" in Crimea, UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said, adding that the "action should be seriously condemned."

UN special envoy Robert Serry has been forced to abandon his mission to the region. Credit: Reuters

"He was not kidnapped but he was seriously threatened," Eliasson told reporters in New York by telephone from Kiev.

A group of unidentified men, some of them armed, surrounded Serry and said he should leave Crimea, Eliasson claimed.

The diplomat agreed to abandon his mission to the region after sheltering in a local coffee shop with ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates.

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UN envoy's car blocked by protesters chanting 'Putin'

Protesters chanting "Putin" blocked UN special envoy Robert Serry's car as he left a coffee shop in Crimea after agreeing to leave the region.

ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates was with Mr Serry as local militia blockaded him inside the shop after he refused to leave with them.

UN envoy heads to airport after agreeing to end trip

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Local militia blocking entrance of Crimea coffee shop

ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates pictured with UN representative Robert Serry in Crimea. Credit: ITV News/James Mates

Local militia are blocking the entrance of a coffee shop in Crimea where UN representative Robert Ferry is being held.

The men, dressed in combat fatigues with some wearing pro-Russia black and gold arm bands, are not allowing anyone in or out of the shop.

UN diplomat 'refused to leave with men blocking car'

UN representative Robert Serry says he refused to leave with men blocking his car in Ukraine's Crimea region, ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates reports.

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