First published in 1931 in Lenin Miscellany XVIII.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, pages 87c-88a.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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May 16, 1918
Chairman of the Supreme Military Council
The Supreme Military Council is directed to send envoys— through the appropriate military authorities at the front —for the purpose of signing a truce and establishing a demarcation line on the South-Eastern (Don) Front. In order that appropriate instructions may be given to the military authorities, we inform you that our envoys are in Kharkov at the present moment, headed by Sytin, military commander of the Bryansk General Staff units, who has been given instructions to secure a general truce on the Voronezh and South-Eastern fronts. A truce, especially on the South-Eastern (Don) Front, must be secured as quickly as possible, in the last resort agreeing even to accepting as a basis the present disposition of military forces.
Sytin has been instructed to try to secure through the medium of the German Command direct contact with our Command on the South-Eastern Front for co-ordinated action.
With the same aim in view, the Supreme Military Council, by all the means available to it, should maintain constant contact both with Sytin and with our Command on the South-Eastern Front.
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)