of the Military Revolutionary council of the republic
June 4, 1919, Kharkov
To all military commissars and all executive committees in the Alexandrovsk, Mariupol, Berdyansk, Bakhmut, Pavlograd and Kherson districts.
The Gulyai-Polye executive committee, in concert with Makhno's brigade staff, is attempting to schedule a congress of soviets and insurgents from the Alexandrovsk, Mariuopol, Berdyanski, Melitopol, Bakhmut and Pavlograd districts for the fifteenth of this month. Said congress is wholly an affront to soviet power in the Ukraine and to the organization of the Southern Front, to which Makhno's brigade is attached. That congress could not produce any result other than to (...) deliver the front to the Whites, in the face of whom Makhno's brigade does nothing but fall further and further back, thanks to the incompetence, the criminal tendencies and treachery of its commanders.
Trotsky, Chairman of the
Military Revolutionary Council of the Republic
Vatzetis, Commander in Chief
Araloff, member of the Military Revolutionary Council of the Republic
Kochkareff, Military Commissar of the Kharkov region
Source: Daniel Guérin, No Gods, No Masters; Volin, The Unknown Revolution
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