A United Nations special representative has reportedly aborted his mission in Ukraine after his envoy was confronted by a group of unidentified men Wednesday.
ITV News correspondent James Mates, who said he was with special representative Robert Serry, said the U.N. representative refused to go with the men — some of whom were armed — when they blocked his vehicle in Crimea.
Serry, instead, walked to a coffee shop where he was prevented from leaving by unidentified men outside, Mates reported on Twitter.
The U.N. representative then finally agreed to cancel his mission and head to the airport, according to Mates. Serry was reportedly greeted with chants of “Russia, Russia!” as he fled to the airport.
Read Mates’ tweets documenting the incident:
With Robert Serry now. not kidnapped, but held in a coffee shop. Some men outside prevent him from leaving.