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UN special envoy Robert Serry is at the airport in Crimea and is set to leave Ukraine shortly after being confronted by unidentified group of men in the region and trapped with ITV News' James Mates inside a cafe.
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 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.
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.
Footage of local militia blocking the entrance of a coffee shop in Crimea where UN special envoy Robert Serry was held has emerged.
ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates and a senior Foreign Editor for ITV News are also seen in the shop.
Very unpleasant incident over. Robert Serry said v happy to leave #crimea if it helped de escalate the situation.
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."
"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.
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.
Path of envoy's car blocked by protesters chanting Putin Putin. #Crimea
View of militia from inside coffee shop where UN envoy Robert Serry is blockaded inside http://t.co/ojbAruMzyW
Car moves slowly off to cries of Crimea Russiia #Ukraine
Robert Serry has now agreed to go straight to the airport and end his mission in #Crimea
Crowd chant Russia Russia as UN envoy leaves coffee shop and scrambles into waiting car#Crimea
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.