On Jan. 19, 2014, after a traditional viche (public assembly) on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the activists made their way to the government quarter to picket administrative buildings in protest of the so-called "dictatorship laws." In Hrushevskoho Street, they were blocked by Berkut fighters. That's when the first clashes occurred. As the confrontation was gaining momentum, the police used a water cannon, stun grenades and tear gas in response to Molotov cocktails and paving stones arriving from the opposing side.
The protesters put up first barricades, using flaming tires that further became one of the symbols of the Revolution of Dignity. Shortly after, Berkut started using firearms, causing first fatalities on Jan. 22 - Serhii Nihoian and Belarusian Mikhail Zhyznevsky.
One of the videos of the historical events of Jan. 19, 2014 in Hrushevskoho Street shows the activists giving a fitting rebuff against Berkut fighters that forced them to retreat.