U.N. Envoy Forced Out of Crimea: Report

Image: U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry attends the opening of the International Conference on Jerusalem in Doha
U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry, a special representative of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Ukraine's Crimea region, has reportedly been seized or threatened by armed men.MOHAMMED DABBOUS / Reuters

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Armed men threatened special representative of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Ukraine's Crimea on Wednesday, reportedly forcing the envoy to leave the region.

Reuters reported that a Ukraine's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Robert Serry was being held in the region's main city, Simferopol. But Deputy U.N. Secretary-General Olafur Eliasson denied the reports, saying Serry had been threatened but not kidnapped.

ITV reporter James Mates on the ground in Simferopol reports that Serry was being held inside a coffee shop and not allowed to leave.

Mates reported Serry has agreed to leave the region in exchange for his freedom.

— Patrick Garrity