... One paratrooper raised the butt of his tommy gun to hit me, but I managed to lean back, and he stumbled and fell down. I heard only his words: „Ubju suka!" („I'll kill the bitch!") and the clanking of his tommy gun as he loaded cartridges into the barrel. The only thing left was to pull the trigger. Jumping to the side and turning around I noticed that 10-15 paratroopers had run to the windows of the tower and had started to break them hysterically. Searchlights from the tanks were directed at the broken windows and through the broken windows I could see young guys - the defenders of the tower - with wooden sticks. Their faces were petrified, and they were standing 2 or 3 meters apart.
The glass from the windows of the tower hadn't even finished pouring down when the paratroopers began to shoot and throw explosives into the tower through the holes that had been knocked out. They threw explosive packets. Inside there were explosions and smoke, but one guy - a protector of the tower - managed to aim a fire hose at the paratroopers. There was a volley of gun fire in his direction, and the water disappeared. In the light of the tank searchlights I saw the guard on the left wing fall to his knees, apparently hit by a bullet.
After 10 or 20 minutes, the paratroopers reached the floor from which the Lithuanian flag was flying. I watched as it was torn down, and then something was thrown from above, and a paratrooper shouted something out the window. An armored vehicle drove over to that area. The people shouted that a wounded person had been thrown from the window, and a few men started to run towards the armored vehicle. But the paratroopers began to shoot and the rattling of sub-machine gun fire held the men back. Then the armored vehicle drove towards the grove.
... As I was a lieutenant-colonel of the Soviet Army for quite some time, and was an outstanding student of military studies (I finished Military School and two military academies) I can't help but present a few questions to the Soviet military leaders, to their ideological inspiration and supreme leader Gorbachev, and to all the members of the CPSU. Sooner or later of course, one answer with a single meaning will be given: „They were blood thirsty".
1. On the basis of which military statutes did you shoot at unarmed people without even warning that you would do so? Were you not just blood thirsty?
2. Why, some days before the „Tower Operation", did tanks storm Vilnius, ruin and destroy it, and crush cars in the streets while you explained that these were military maneuvers? What laws, instructions, or leaders regulate tank maneuvers in the streets of a city? There aren't any. You needed victims.
3. Why was the „Tower Operation", planned and carried out at night?
I can answer: At night it's harder to see blood, which could have scared your soldiers and made them turn their guns at you.
4. Can you prove that you couldn't have taken over the tower without shooting, that it was necessary to give your paratroopers special bullets with unbalanced gravitational centers whose wounds are difficult to heal? No. Any boy could explain to you that in order to prevent the broadcasting of what you call “slanderous" programs, it would be enough, for example, to damage an electrical cable or transformer, or to stop the supply of electricity in some other way. Without energy, the tower would become silent. But you needed human lives.
5. Why did the officers announce over the loudspeakers of the armored vehicles that the democratically elected Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic had been overthrown without even naming the „new power" - the members of the National Salvation Committee? You are afraid of the Lithuanian people and you thirst to drown their struggle for freedom in blood.
6. According to which Soviet laws did you impose the curfew? There isn't any substantiation for your actions in either the laws or the Constitution of the USSR. You want to spill the blood of the Lithuanian people because you know that they won't observe the curfew, and this will satisfy your savage nature - to murder and abuse people for disobedience.
You have been asked and will continue to be asked hundreds, even thousands, of questions about the massacre in Vilnius on January 13, 1991. And any honest person will answer each and every question the same way: you are thirsty for human blood.
Won't you choke from the blood of the Lithuanian people?
Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 155-157.