Australian journalist has gun pointed at head at MH17 site

A soldier who held veteran journalist Damian Ryan at gunpoint. Photo: Channel Nine
A soldier who held veteran journalist Damian Ryan at gunpoint. Photo: Channel Nine

AN Aussie journalist had a machine gun pointed at his head during a frightening run-in  near the crash site of flight MH17

Veteran Channel Nine correspondent Damian Ryan and his news crew were stopped in their vehicle by a pro-Russian separatist soldier about a kilometre from the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

In a post on Channel Nine's website, Ryan describes the soldier as "very erratic".

"He raised his AK47 and cocked it at our heads, thinking we were Ukraine forces," Ryan writes.

"There was screaming between both parties before he realised we were media, telling us to get out of the area as it was under attack."

Ryan said the area had clearly been the scene of a fierce battle, with evidence of heavy shelling.

The news crew was visiting the site after Australian investigators were for the first time able to attend the crash site yesterday.

"We turned around and got out. This just shows that the area may be safe one moment and outrageously dangerous the next," Ryan wrote.

"The only way the international team can reach the site en masse is if a ceasefire is called; otherwise they can forget it."

Topics:  editors picks media mh17

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