A lot of young people ran towards the tower. They joined hands, formed a chain and chanted: ..Lithuania! Lithuania!" I ended up in a chain by the door of the tower. A red ball was rolling along the ground. It jumped, split into three smaller balls, and started emitting smoke. The tanks across the way were roaring and smoking. I advised people to cover their mouths with their fingers, and covered my face with the collar of my pullover. We shouted: “Lithuania, Lithuania, Lithuania!" and “Occupants!" I heard someone shout that the paratroopers were already inside. Soon we made our way into the street. There were hundreds of people, cars, and barricades! An ambulance was parked there. They fired and fired. The tanks fired, and they were firing series of shots at length. Ambulances were flying along the street one after another. People were pushing cars. They had been smashed and broken and were without windows. A bus had been pushed into a house's yard. All of the windows were full of holes. The firing didn't cease.
Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 249.