Thus, by the end of 1240 Kiev officially owned the strongest Russian Prince Daniel of Galicia. In fact, the "mother of Russian cities" ran its governor - Dmitry Eykovich. The heroic defense of Kiev began 11 December (according to other sources - a little earlier). From the side, where the forest belonged to the gate of the city, Tatars began to use rams. As a result, the wall collapsed and Tatar-Mongols stormed the city after 9-day siege. During the night the people of Kiev built a new wall around the Church of the Tithes. The enemy broke through the defense and. Many residents took refuge in the church. The Mongols did not storm the temple, but simply destroyed his rams. Landslides buried the walls of all who sought refuge in the church. The city was a robbery, all burned. The left alive only those who could lead into captivity, including artisans and their families. After some time, Western travelers, Pass in a bid Khan through Kiev, were struck by a picture of desolation in the once flourishing city.