Video: Watch as Soldier sets himself on fire after being sacked from army

Photos: Soldier sets himself on fire to?protest after he was sacked

 

 

A former Ukrainian soldier was filmed setting himself on fire in protest after he was sacked from the army. Dramatic 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 pull Ulianov to the ground to pat out the flames.

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.

But Ulianov managed to break free and ignite himself in seconds. One picture shows him hurling away a water bottle filled with clear liquid believed to be the gasoline he used.

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH An officer on duty (R) attempts to knock down the flame as Ukrainian former serviceman Serhii Ulianov sets himself on fire while protesting against his dismissal from the Armed Forces in front of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Inna Sokolovska TEMPLATE OUT

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH People, including firefighters and journalists, surround Ukrainian former serviceman Serhii Ulianov, who lies on the ground after setting himself on fire as a protest against his dismissal from the Armed Forces, in front of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Inna Sokolovska TEMPLATE OUT

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