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UN envoy forced to leave Crimea after local anger

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UN envoy forced to leave Crimea after local anger


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.

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