A former Ukrainian soldier set himself ablaze after he was sacked from the Army.
He was filmed live while carrying out the act which was a form of protest for being sent packing from the Army.
Disturbing footage broadcast on Ukrainian television showed Serhii Ulianov dousing himself in petrol before setting his army uniform alight.
Flames covered him head to toe in seconds in the shocking protest outside the Ukrainian Defence Ministry headquarters in Kiev.
As witnesses were pulled away from desperately trying to jump in, another soldier managed to tackle Ulianov to the ground to pat out the flames.
As he was pulled to the ground, firefighters and other militiary officials jumped in to cover the ex-soldier, spraying him with a fire extinguisher.
According to reports in the country, servicemen were made aware of Ulianov’s plans and had managed to restrain him from his attempted self-immolation.
It worked initially but Ulianov managed to break free and set himself in seconds. One picture shows him hurling away a water bottle filled with clear liquid – believed to be the gasoline he used.
He was eventually saved and is currently being treated by doctors.
Ulianov claim on a Facebook post on Monday that he and other officers were unable to retire legally from the Army because as they had not received proper documentation. His action was a protest on behalf of all soldiers involved.
Service men had attempted to prevent him from self immolation but he broke loose and set himself on fire after pouring liquid suspected robber gasoline over his body.
With Daily Mail reports