An eight-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being doused in petrol and set alight by school bullies.
Kyrylo Yatsun was reportedly playing near his home when older children attacked him in Dnipro, Ukraine's fourth-largest city.
The schoolboy suffered serious burns to 35% of his body.
The bullies doused Kyrylo's T-shirt with petrol before using a lighter to set him on fire, according to local media.
The terrified child fell to the floor screaming in pain while his laughing attackers fled, witnesses said.
Some passers-by rushed to Kyrylo's help. They managed to take off his burning T-shirt and put out the fire before calling an ambulance.
The boy was rushed to intensive care in critical condition and underwent several surgeries.
During the surgeries, doctors removed the patches of damaged skin from his head, arms, torso and hips.
Over the last ten days, doctors have been fighting to save Kyrylo's life, which is still in danger.
Artem Posunko from Dnipro Regional Children’s Hospital said to local media: ''The boy was hospitalised in a grave condition with severe burns to 35 per cent of his body.
''We do everything possible to keep him alive. He is conscious and can speak but his injuries are very serious and his condition is still life-threatening.''
Kyrylo's mother Eugenia Yatsun is constantly at the hospital by her son.
She said to local media: ''I was cooking lunch at home when some children rushed in and said that Kyrylo was injured.
''I ran outside and saw my son lying on the ground. The skin on his belly and legs was badly burned.
''He told me that they did it to him on purpose without any reason. They are not children, they are monsters.''
Police launched a criminal case for causing grievous bodily harm. The attackers were identified and are being interviewed by detectives.
Police spokeswoman Anna Starchevskaya said: ''The suspects say that they did not intend to set the victim on fire and that it was an accident. The investigation is ongoing.''