Greetings To The Fifth All-Ukraine Congress Of Soviets

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The Congress was held in Kharkov from February 25 to March 3, 1921. On its agenda were: a report. by the Government of the Ukrainian Republic and reports on economic construction, electri-fication of the Ukiaine, organisation of labour, rehabilitation of transport, food and land problems, and public education.

On February 25, the Presidium sent Lenin an invitation to attend the Congress. In reply, Lenin cabled a message of greetings, which was read out at the second sitting on February 26. Lenin was elected a member of the All-Ukraine Central Executive Committee.

Comrades, I send my heartfelt greetings to the Fifth All-Ukraine Congress of Soviets. I am sure that the alliance between the poor peasants and Ukrainian workers will strengthen Soviet Ukraine and consolidate the Ukrainian Republic, despite the enemy’s traps and machinations.

I have asked Comrade Petrovsky to convey my regret at being unable to accept your invitation to attend the Congress. Nevertheless, I hope to be able to visit Soviet Ukraine in the near future. I wish the Congress success in consolidating the power of the workers and peasants and in restoring the national economy.