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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.

Read: Local militia blocking entrance of Crimea coffee shop

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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.

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Path of envoy's car blocked by protesters chanting Putin Putin. #Crimea

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UN envoy heads to airport after agreeing to end trip

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Robert Serry has now agreed to go straight to the airport and end his mission in #Crimea

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Crowd chant Russia Russia as UN envoy leaves coffee shop and scrambles into waiting car#Crimea

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Local militia blocking entrance of Crimea coffee shop

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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.

Read: UN diplomat 'refused to leave with men blocking car'

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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He refused to go with men blocking car, got out and walked until he found coffee shop. He's asked ITV News team to stay with him. #Ukraine

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UN special envoy Robert Serry's assistant says she saw at least one man with a gun among group who blocked his car. #Ukraine

Read: UN say representative was threatened but not kidnapped

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UN special representative was prevented from leaving

Europe Editor James Mates says the UN special representative was held in a coffee shop in Crimea:

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With Robert Serry now. not kidnapped, but held in a coffee shop. Some men outside prevent him from leaving.

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Special rep is waiting in coffee shop for help. He's asked us to stay with him and keep filming #Ukriane

UN: Representative was threatened but not kidnapped

Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson has denied reports that diplomat Robert Serry was kidnapped, but claimed he was threatened in Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Ukrainian foreign ministry had earlier claimed that Serry was seized by armed men in Simferopol, Crimea.

Read: UN chief's special representative 'seized in Crimea'

UN chief's special representative 'stopped in Crimea'

UN Secretary General's special representative has reportedly been stopped by armed men in Crimea, Interfax news agency reports citing the Ukrainian foreign ministry.

But it is not clear if he has just been temporarily stopped.

The foreign ministry says Robert Serry was in the region's main city, Simferopol, at the time.

Ukraine: 16,000 Russian troops deployed in Crimea

Ukraine's ambassador to UN has told the emergency meeting of the Security Council Russia has deployed around 16,000 troops from Russian territory to Crimea since February 24.

Beginning from 24 February, approximately 16,000 Russian troops have been deployed in Crimea by the military ships, helicopters, cargo airplanes from the neighboring territory of the Russian Federation.

– Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukraine's UN ambassador
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