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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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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.

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