The English are successful in Belgium - and they have almost taken over Jerusalem. The Italians are putting up a tough resistance: Venice is not surrendered, and the situation is far from hopeless. The Germans appear to be exhausted, they can't beat the Italians and are losing to the English.
A navy battle is rumored to be taking place west from Revel. We have, apparently, lost two torpedo boats while our battleships couldn't leave the harbor because of a mass demonstration. The same source (Bogoyavlensky) reported yesterday that our battleships seem to have no electricity - the main artery of the ship - staff, of course, blames it on the counter-revolutionary Command. Officers, especially navy officers, are the real martyrs of the revolution. Even the "Petropavlovsk" ensigns have gone grey.
The news and rumours from the front are extremely gloomy. The army has no desire to fight whatsoever. They’ve taken Jacobstadt and are preparing to take Dvinsk, but everyone is quite sure that our troops have no intention of holding Dvinsk or Pskov against the Germans — if the Germans wish, they can simply take them. People are saying that some corps have officially reported to their commanders that they refuse to fight any more.
There are so many rumours about peace: a rumour was started about the initiation of German negotiations with England and France – and was incredibly worrisome for all of our comrades concerned. Russia, forgotten and betrayed. They raised the alarm, demanding that the offensive capability of our armies be increased, playing into the interests of the patriots. See more
There’s no truth in these rumours. The German response to the papal appeal is as yet undetermined, just as their previous responses are, but it indicates two things. First of all, in future negotiations, there is no need to discuss questions that have already been answered (for instance, the subject of Poland), and secondly, that it is necessary to take into account the actual situation (meaning, with a map of the war). But none of this brings us any closer to peace.
As is now well known, the crisis was resolved by the amalgamation of five ministries into the Directory. At the same time, the Council of Workers’ Deputies decided to call an all-Russian democratic congress, along the lines of the Moscow congress, which will pronounce on the forms and make up of government.
If KornilovCommander in Chief of the Petrograd command - from 18 March 1917 fails, Kerensky’s star will quickly fall - socialists from the Bolshevik bloc will have free reign in their efforts to openly ruin Russia. From a purely political point of view, Kornilov’s intervention was premature. Nevertheless, the realities of the military situation evidently demanded it.
300 thousand rubles’ worth of sunflower seeds are purchased in Petrograd on a daily basis. That is the sweep of this revolution. Everyone is fed up with the Bolsheviks. All of Russia is against them. The war, too, is hardly popular. Everyone thirsts for unwavering power. See more
Word is that tomorrow, at the demonstration, everyone will be armed, and resentment at the Bolsheviks is high and rising.