Dmytro Bulatov, 35, a member of Automaidan, a group of car owners that has taken part in the protests against President Viktor Yanukovych, went missing January 22.He was discovered outside Kiev yesterday and told rescuers that his kidnappers kept him in the dark for more than a week, beat him severely, nailed him to a cross and sliced off a piece of ear, before eventually dumping him in a forest.
Torture: Dmytro Bulatov told rescuers that his kidnappers kept him in the dark for more than a week, beat him severely, nailed him to a cross and sliced off a piece of his ear
Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko speaks to Dmytro Bulatov in the Kiev hospital where he is receiving treatment after the alleged kidnapping
Dmytro Bulatov's badly swollen hands appeared to show nail marks from his alleged crucifixion
Opposition leader Petro Poroshenko (right) rushed to the hospital where Bulatov (left) was taken
Footage shows his face and clothes covered in blood and his swollen hands showing nail marks.
Opposition leader Petro Poroshenko rushed to the hospital where Bulatov was taken last night. 'Dmytro asked to pass his greetings to everyone and to say that he has not been broken and will not be broken,' Poroshenko told Channel 5.
'That he is full of energy and despite the fact that he body was been beaten, Dmitry's spirit is strong.'
Police said they have opened an investigation and said the car he was driving when he disappeared had been found.
Bulatov is among three activists whose disappearances have shocked the country, especially after one of them was found dead.
Before and after: Dmytro Bulatov is a member of Automaidan, a group of car owners that has taken part in the protests against President Viktor Yanukovych
The former boxer and now senior Ukrainian opposition figure Vitali Klitschko visits Dmytro Bulakow in hospital
Klitschko visited his fellow opposition leader just hours after Bulatov was discovered badly injured in a forest
Opposition activist Dmytro Bulatov says there isn't a spot on his body that wasn't beaten by his kidnappers
Lutsenko was kidnapped from a hospital, where he had brought a fellow protester, Yuri Verbitsky, to be treated for an eye injury. Verbitsky was also beaten severely and was later discovered dead.
The disappearances prompted an outcry from protesters, who accused the government of intimidating the opposition.
The protests started after Yanukovych backed out of an agreement to deepen ties with the European Union in November, but quickly came to encompass an array of discontent over corruption, heavy-handed police and dubious courts.
A masked protester poses for pictures on the barricade during ongoing protests in Kiev
Tense: Riot police stand guard in front of anti-government protesters early this morning
Anti-government protesters warm themselves at a fire on a barricade early this morning
This week Yanukovych accepted the resignation of his Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the parliament, which he controls, rescinded harsh anti-protest legislation that sparked last week's violence.
But a bill passed by Yanukovych's allies in parliament offered to grant amnesty to protesters only after they vacate scores of government-buildings they have seized across the country, a demand rejected by the opposition.