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UN envoy confirms to ITV News he is heading to Turkey

Europe Editor James Mates, who has been with the UN's special envoy since he was trapped in a cafe in Crimea, reports that Robert Serry is to get a flight to Turkey:

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UN Envoy Robert #Serry confirms to @itvnews that he's on his way to Istanbul Wants to 'have a sleep, and then brief the UN Sec Gen' #crimea

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Militia block door trapping UN envoy and ITV News team

Local militia blocked a door to a cafe in Crimea trapping UN special envoy Robert Serry and ITV News journalists.

Local unidentified militia are seen blocking the door of the cafe. Credit: ITV News

Mr Serry sought refuge in the cafe after his car was blocked by armed men who demanded that he should leave the region.

Watch: UN envoy tells ITV News of confrontation in Crimea

Aide asks ITV News not to leave Crimea coffee shop

An aide to UN special envoy Robert Serry asked journalists from ITV News not to leave the coffee shop in Crimea where the diplomat was being held by unidentified local militia.

"No, no don't leave. Please," the woman is heard saying as Mr Serry discusses the situation on the phone.

ITV News were the only TV journalists with the UN envoy as he was trapped in a cafe.

Watch: UN envoy tells ITV News of confrontation in Crimea

UN envoy 'will shortly return to Kiev'

Robert Serry with James Mates in a cafe in Crimea as militia outside refuse to let them leave Credit: ITV News/James Mates

A United Nations spokesperson has said Robert Serry is "taking a late flight out of Simferopol and will shortly return to Kiev to continue his mission" after his confrontation with militia In Crimea today.

ITV News were the only TV journalists with the UN envoy as he was trapped in a cafe.

Read James Mates' account

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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.

Watch: UN envoy tells ITV News of confrontation in Crimea

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.

Read: Local militia blocking entrance of Crimea coffee shop

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.

Read: Threat to UN envoy should be 'seriously condemned'

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