U.N. Envoy Threatened, Forced Out of Crimea: Report

Armed men threatened Robert Serry, a special representative for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in Ukraine’s Crimea region on Wednesday where Russian forces have taken control. Reuters reported that a spokeswoman for Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said Serry was being held in Simferopol — but Deputy U.N. Secretary-General Olafur Eliasson denied that he had been kidnapped, saying he was only threatened. An ITN reporter on the ground tweeted that Serry had been holed up inside a coffee shop and not allowed to leave. The reporter later tweeted that protesters chanting "Putin" blocked Serry's car as he headed out toward the airport, and that police then cleared a path for his exit.

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