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The interview was cut off after Mr Sweeney said: “I've got to stop, hold on, there's a guy shouting at me with a gun. I’ve got to go – bye.”

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Journalist John Sweeney reporting from the site of the Kyiv TV tower attack (Twitter)

Journalist John Sweeney reporting from the site of the Kyiv TV tower attack (Twitter)

Journalist John Sweeney reporting from the site of the Kyiv TV tower attack (Twitter)

A former BBC broadcaster in Ukraine was forced to cut off his interview on RTÉ's Morning Ireland after having a gun pointed in his face.

Freelance journalist John Sweeney has been reporting from the centre of Kyiv as the Russian invasion continues.

He joined the RTÉ radio show from the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday morning just hours after Russian forces attacked a TV tower with missiles.

Mr Sweeney was being interviewed by Morning Ireland presenter Gavin Jennings about the conflict in Kyiv when he mentioned that he was approaching a checkpoint and may have to show his passport.

The interview was cut off after Mr Sweeney said: “I've got to stop, hold on, there's a guy shouting at me with a gun. I’ve got to go – bye.”

The reporter quickly hung up the phone but returned to the show later after he had reached a point of safety.

When he returned, he said: “There’s lots of militia on the streets, and they’re checking out [IDs].

“I almost got arrested as a Russian spy. It’s a little bit paranoid, but it’s ok. You can talk your way through, but I had to deal with the guy so I had to say goodbye quickly.”

John explained that Ukrainian soldiers were checking people’s identification and reasons for being on the streets.

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“[The soldiers are] around town, checking on people to make sure they’re not spies. To make sure that there are no Russian soldiers in the centre of Kyiv,” he said.

“It’s just people being jumpy. It’s okay. We can deal with it — but I can’t talk to you and talk to them at the same time, because they have guns.”

Following his interview on Morning Ireland, Mr Sweeney uploaded a series of video reports to Twitter to show first-hand footage of the war.

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