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KIEV, UKRAINE (CNN) - With four protesters killed and talks at an impasse, reports of police abuses are beginning to surface.
The charred carcasses of police vehicles, exposed to the elements, weirdly beautiful in these bitter temperatures.
Not long ago this whole area was burning. Now it is the site of a frozen standoff with the protesters behind burnt out vehicles and the police on the other side. But we're learning of some very real ugliness behind police lines.
A video, posted by someone on YouTube, must have been shot just meters up the road.
A man stands naked, or not quite. He has been allowed to keep his shoes on.
A policeman takes a photo. He is kicked as he gets into the van.
Ukraine's interior ministry has issued an apology for the behavior of those involved in the video, which has circulated widely on Ukrainian media.
It says it's investigating the incident.
But the reports of abuse in police custody don't end there.
Myhaylo Nyskohuz says he was tortured after he was seized by Berkut riot police.
"They beat me on my legs and ankles, they sprayed my whole body with pepper spray and made me lie naked and sing the national anthem," he said. "They stripped me and took me through a live corridor of around 40 or 50 riot police and each one of them beat me."
Nyskohuz's arm was broken and he was stabbed in the thigh.
After all this he is remarkably composed, for a boy of just 17.
In an interview in Davos with CNN's Richard Quest, Ukraine's prime minister, would not be drawn on Nyskohuz's case.
"A 17-year-old Ukrainian claims taking pictures of the protest. Police detained him. Broke his leg. Stabbed him in the leg, removed his clothes and badly beat him. Now he faces multi-years in prison because of the new anti-protest laws. Are you prepared to deal with that side of the equation?" Quest asked.
"Well, first of all the law enforcement officers were given instructions and orders to act within the legislation and not to use any kind of weapon," the prime minister said. "They do not have firearms with them and those preliminary actions which they have to take, when someone is trying for example to capture government buildings and institutions, all those measures are not just analogical to those used in all the European states."
But these demonstrators are unlikely to be satisfied with an answer like that, as the young man prepares for a series of detention hearings to see whether he'll be jailed for taking part in the protests.