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In pictures: Angry crowd traps UN envoy in Crimean cafe

UN Special Envoy Robert Serry was forced to curtail his visit to Simferopol when a crowd of pro-Russian demonstrators surrounded his car. He was eventually escorted to the airport, where he boarded a flight to Istanbul

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UN special envoy Robert Serry gets in a car in Simferopol March 5, 2014. Serry was forced to abandon a mission to Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimea region on Wednesday after being stopped by armed men and besieged inside a cafe by a hostile crowd shouting "Russia! Russia!"

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Pro-Russia supporters block a car carrying UN special envoy Robert Serry, in Simferopol March 5, 2014.

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Pro-Russian supporters block the car carrying UN special envoy Robert Serry before his departure in Simferopol, March 5, 2014.

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A car carrying UN special envoy Robert Serry in Simferopol March 5, 2014. Serry was forced to abandon a mission to Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimea region on Wednesday after being stopped by armed men and besieged inside a cafe by a hostile crowd shouting "Russia! Russia!"

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This image taken from AP video shows UN Special Envoy to Ukraine, Robert Serry inside a cafe in Simferopol, Ukraine, as men in camouflage outfits stood outside Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The special UN envoy who is visiting Crimea was threatened by 10 to 15 armed men on Wednesday and ordered to leave the region, where Ukraine and Russia are locked in a tense standoff, U.N. officials said. Later, an Associated Press reporter found Robert Serry in the business class lounge of the Simferopol airport on Wednesday evening. "I'm safe. My visit was interrupted for reasons that I cannot understand," the Dutch diplomat said in a statement to AP. He said nothing more.

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This image taken from AP video shows UN Special Envoy to Ukraine, Robert Serry, shaking hands with a woman as he leaves a cafe in Simferopol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, before entering a van which took him to Simferopol airport.

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This image taken from AP video shows van outside a cafe in Simferopol, Ukraine, which had UN Special Envoy Robert Serry inside, Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

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This image taken from AP video shows UN Special Envoy to Ukraine, Robert Serry, being asked questions by a journalist as he leaves a cafe in Simferopol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, before entering a van which took him to Simferopol airport.

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This image taken from AP video shows UN Special Envoy to Ukraine, Robert Serry, answering questions as he leaves the naval headquarters in Simferopol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014,

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Pro-Russian activists follow special UN. envoy Robert Serry in front of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The special UN envoy visiting Crimea was threatened by 10 to 15 armed men on Wednesday and ordered to leave the region, where Ukraine and Russia are locked in a tense standoff.

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A pro-Russian activist coming out of the business class lounge of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Special UN envoy Robert Serry was threatened by 10 to 15 armed men on Wednesday and ordered to leave the region.

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A Ukrainian police officer gives instructions in front of the business class lounge of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

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Ukrainian ex-Minister of Transport and Communication, Mykola Rudkovskiy, talks to media in front of the business class lounge of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

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