As I work for the National Defense Department, I got into the tower together with a man from Rokiškis named Augustas (unfortunately I didn't find out his chief's surname), and we quickly organized a defense. Our posts covered all of the most important places - the windows, the doors, the official entrances, and the administrative building. We prepared fire hoses so that we could shoot water at the invaders. I should mention that the protection of the tower had been entrusted to our department by a treaty since January 1, 1991. But there were only 4 people per shift. Clearly, the shift was tripled on January 11th - it con¬sisted of 10-12 people. 15 people came from Rokiškis, another 15 were students from schools of higher education, and 6 people, including me, were from the National Defense Department (Renatas Dansevičius, Aurimas Vagonis, Egidijus Dačkus, Žilvinas Kaušylas - all of Vilnius). Inside the TV tower there were about 50 of us, not including the administrative workers.

Of the administrative representatives of the TV tower, a shift of the local “Jedinstvo" organization was watching over the radio and television equipment on that decisive night of January 12th. Since 9 p.m. (on the 12th of January) we were being persecuted by the same traitor, A. Subotinas, who was giving stupid orders to me and to some others (obviously for the benefit of the occupants).

At about one in the morning on January 13th, I got a call at the tower from a representative of the Supreme Council Information Bureau to inform me that a column of tanks and personnel carriers was moving from the direction of the Northern Town. This information soon proved to be true. Through the windows we spotted a column of military vehicles approaching along Sudervės Street.

The tower shook from explosions - apparently they were shooting vacuum shells. Having fired from farther away, all of the military vehicles started to surround the TV tower. Just before they appeared, at about 1:45, I asked the people over the microphone to form a human chain around the entire tower. The people joined hands and surrounded the tower in a strong monolith. The people pressed right against the windows. Coming up really close, the tanks aimed their barrels at the tower and began to shoot (I don't know what kind of shells they were firing). Almost all of the windows of the first floor shattered from the deafening explosions. Our guys poured water into the underpass and the corridor. Outside you could see a great number of soldiers dressed in camouflage by the tanks. They had tommy guns with bayonets on them. Right before the attack, we turned off the lights in the tower. We had just begun to pour water into the gallery (underpass), when A. Subotinas started to threaten us that the tower could explode from the water, because, in his words, there was a power station in the underpass. He turned off two taps, and the young guys turned them back on. I told him to get out of our sight, and he went away. Even though they were broken, the soldiers couldn't get in through the windows because they were blocked by a human wall. I noticed that the paratroopers got in through the door of the hall which we had locked. That Judas had let the paratroopers in through the windows and door. Inside you could hear shooting and explosions, and the flames of the (signal) flares were reflecting on the walls. Some sort of smoke that burned our eyes and throats was emitted. One soldier fired right in front of me. I hid by the bottom of the staircase. When the invaders rushed by I tried to run, but a soldier jumped right in front of me and as quick as lightning, hit me in the head with the butt of his sub-machine gun. I fell to the ground from the blow, and then other soldiers rushed over and kicked me with their boots. I lost consciousness. I only came to in the morning at the Red Cross Hospital. I had lost a lot of blood, and in addition, I had a concussion and my body was all beaten up. On the night of January 13th I was transferred from the Red Cross Hospital to Santariskės Hospital. I ran away from there in my pajamas at about noon on January 14th because one Russian doctor came into the ward to warn me that the soldiers were already looking for me. Of our guys, Egidijus Dačkus and Žilvinas Kaušylas had been taken prisoner and were kept in the tower for more than 24 hours.

Lithuania, 1991.01.13 : documents, testimonies, comments. - Vilnius : State Publishing Center, 1992, p. 149-150.