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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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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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