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Video Appears To Show Ukranian Police Humiliating Naked Protester

"Shades of Abu Ghraib."

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This video was posted to YouTube today from a previously unknown account, and immediately became a disturbing icon of the worsening standoff.

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Some officers wear camoflage of Ukraine's "Berkut" police division; the naked man, who also appears bruised, has a "Cossack" haircut typical of militant right-wing, nationalistic protesters. The location appears to be in Kiev:

@shaunwalker7 if you find out, pls tell me too. it looks like it's Hrushevskogo, right outside Cabinet building, but not 100 percent sure

Maria Danilova@mashadanilova

@shaunwalker7 if you find out, pls tell me too. it looks like it's Hrushevskogo, right outside Cabinet building, but not 100 percent sure

10:27 AM - 23 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

For the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief, the scene evoked the most famous images of torture from Iraq.

Ukrainian riot police appear to strip protester naked in freezing cold and take trophy shots. https://t.co/OBQLOoS9mr shades of abu ghraib.

Shaun Walker@shaunwalker7

Ukrainian riot police appear to strip protester naked in freezing cold and take trophy shots. https://t.co/OBQLOoS9mr shades of abu ghraib.

10:21 AM - 23 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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