UN Envoy Harassed in Crimea
A special UN envoy cut short his mission in Crimea after being harassed by armed men and ordered to leave the region, Wednesday.
Robert Serry said the car he was traveling in was blocked by unidentified armed men in camouflage uniforms after he visited the headquarters of the Ukrainian navy in Simferopol.
The men told Serry they had orders to take him to the airport immediately, but Serry refused. A brief standoff followed.
Serry walked and sought refuge for hours in a cafe, swarmed by protesters. He was eventually taken safely to the airport and left the country.
He was in Crimea at the behest of the UN secretary-general to report on the current situation.
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