05/07/2014 11:18 am ET Updated May 07, 2014

ABC News Crew Held At Gunpoint In Ukraine

An ABC News crew in Ukraine revealed details of its harrowing encounter with gunmen on Wednesday.

Correspondent Muhammad Lila and producer Matt McGarry were at a police station in Mariupol, Ukraine, when gunmen started firing at an angry crowd. Members of the news crew — who said they are now safe — were forced to the ground and held at gunpoint.

Lila, who said he later learned the gunmen were Ukrainian troops, tweeted,

McGarry also described moments from the incident,

Ukraine has become increasingly dangerous for journalists, who are covering the conflict between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists. Just last week, militants detained CBS reporter Clarissa Ward and her news crew, BuzzFeed's Mike Giglio and reporters from Sky News. The journalists were stopped at a checkpoint and held, blindfolded and interrogated for three hours.