January 15, 1991
WARSAW -- Lithuanian government representatives expressed disappointment yesterday with the Polish government's failure to accord the embattled Vilnius authorities the diplomatic recognition they need to survive an incursion of Soviet tanks."
January 14, 1991
VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Soviet soldiers laughed before they fired automatic weapons at Lithuanian nationalists. Without warning, they shot people in the back. They grabbed axes and bludgeoned 20 people on the head.Survivors of the Soviet army's overnight assault on the Vilnius television tower and broadcast center spoke of such acts of brutality by soldiers sent in tanks and armored personnel carriers to capture the installations."Their eyes were like glass, they were in a trance," said Vaclovas Bernotas, 21, a physics student, who was shot from behind in the left arm.Mindaugas Cernius, 17, was trying to get away from the television tower when, he said, a squad of 20 soldiers, one with a machine gun, opened fire on him from 30 feet away.