Written: Written on April 20, 1919
Published: First published in Proletarskaya Revolutsia No. 3, 1934. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, page 378.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I am extremely worried by the slowing down of operations against the Donets coalfields and Rostov. There must be a speed-up but, of course, only with substantial forces. Work out practical directives for this purpose, and we shall get them adopted by the Central Committee for the Ukrainians, and equally for our own people. It is a crying scandal that the suppression of the Cossack rising is dragging on. Reply in as much detail as you can.
 Lenin refers to the whiteguard Cossack rising on the Don, in the Veshenskaya area, in the rear of the Southern Front. In a number of directives to the Revolutionary Military Council of the Republic and the Command of the Southern Front Lenin drew attention to the danger of the rebels’ linking up with Denikin’s advancing troops, and the need to crush the rebellion with all speed (see this volume, pp. 378, 384, 387 and 388).