"Don’t move or I’ll shoot!" someone shouts from the bushes. Slowly, I turn my head and see a gun fitted with a silencer, pointing at me.
Military bases are not designed to accommodate journalists - you are left standing there for hours, with no power points or toilets. Just a narrow road and endless bushes.
Just a few minutes ago, the idea of straying a few hundred metres from the crowd of colleagues seemed quite reasonable and safe to us.
"Halt!" the soldier shouts again. Then comes a shout in response, not far off - strange, but these armed men apparently have no walkie-talkies. We stand there with our hands in the air, repeat that we are journalists, and just wait.
The soldier keeping us in his sights is wearing Russian army-style camouflage, but without any insignia.
Two more run up to us a minute later. One has a Kalashnikov assault rifle, the other is also laden with a sniper rifle and grenade-launcher. I think they have rather overestimated the threat posed by our camera team, but I do not tell them that.
- Olga Ivshina, a BBC Russian Service reporter, describes her own tense exchanges with Russian-speaking troops controlling the base just outside Sevastopol