A senior UN envoy has been forced to cut short his mission to Crimea after being told to leave by pro-Russian groups.
Robert Serry took refuge in a cafe after reportedly being threatened by men wearing civilian clothing, at least one of whom was allegedly armed, according to a conversation had between an ITN journalist and Serry’s aide.
A mob waited for him outside chanting Crimea is Russian.
Serry was eventually escorted to the airport and has since flown to Istanbul .
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has also attracted the ire of protesters, after a small but vocal crowd demonstrated their delegations presence in Crimea.
The international body is in the region in a bid to diffuse the military situation and develop dialogue between the two sides involved in the conflict.