This video was posted to YouTube today from a previously unknown account, and immediately became a disturbing icon of the worsening standoff.
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:
Uniformed officers film the man, naked but for his socks, in the snow.
He's then forced to hold an axe-like tool.
One officer can be seen hitting him in the back of the head.
Bruises appear visible on the man's back as he is loaded into a van.
For the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief, the scene evoked the most famous images of torture from Iraq.
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