UN envoy in Crimea detained by gunmen: Ukraine ministry

UN envoy Robert Serry was detained by unidentified gunmen in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea region, a spokesman for Ukraine's foreign ministry told AFP Wednesday.

Serry had been sent to the Black Sea peninsula -- which has come under de facto Russian control -- to "take stock of the situation", UN's deputy secretary-general Jan Eliasson told journalists earlier in Kiev.