NKO Directive No 3
To: The Military Councils of Northwestern, Western, Southwestern and Southern Fronts.
Concerning Forces Mission of 23-26 June
2115 hours 22 june 1941
1. Delivering main attacks from Suvalki Salient to Olita and from the Zamost'e region to the Vladimir-Volynskii and Radzekhov front and secondary attacks along the Til'sit, Shauliai and Sedlits, Volkovysk axes, during the course of 22 June the enemy has achieved considerable success while suffering great losses.
In the remaining sectors of the state border with Germany and on the entire state border with Romania, the enemy attacks ave been beaten off with heavy losses to him.
2. I assign the forces immediate missions for 23-24 June:
a) Encircle and destroy the enemy's Sulvaki grouping by concentric, concentraated attacks by the Northwestern and Western fronts and capture the Suvalki region by day's end on 24 June.
b) Encircle and destroy the enemy grouping attacking in the direction of Vladimir-Volynskii and Brody by powerful concentric attacks by mechanised corps, all southwestern front aircraft and other forces of the 5th and 6th armies. Capture the Lubin Region by day's end on 24th June.
3. I ORDER
a) The Northwestern Front's armies to continue toi protect the state borders firmly.
The left boundary - as exist.
b) While firmly holding on to the coast of the baltic sea, the Northwestern front;s armies will deliver a powerful counterstroke from the Kaynas region against the flanks and rear of the enemy's Sulvaki grouping, destroy it in cooperation with the Western Front and capture Sulvaki region by day's end on 24 june.
The left boundaray - as exist.
c) While containing the enemy on the Warsaw axis, the Western Front's armies will deliver a powerful counter-stroke with a force of no fewer than two mechanized corps and frontal aviation against the flank and rear of the enemy's Sulvaki grouping, destroy it with cooperation of the Northwestern front and capture the Sulvaki region by day's end on 24 june.
d) While holding firmly to the border with HUngary, the Southwestern Front;s armies will encircle and destroy the enemy grouping advancing on the Vladimir-Volynskii, Krystypol' front with concentric attacks in the general direction of Lublin with the 5th and 6th armies. No fewer than 5 mechanized Corps and all of the front's aviation, and capture the Lublin region by day's end on 24th June. Cover yourself reliably along the Kharkov axis.
e) The Southern Front's Armies will prevent an enemy invasion of our territory, In the event of the enemy attacks along the Chernovsty axis or forces the Prut and Danube Rivers, destroy him by powerful flank attacks by ground forces in cooperation with aviation; concentrate two mechanized Corps in the Kishinev region and the forests northwest of Kishinev on the night of 23 June.
4. I authorize crossing of the borders along the fronts from the Baltic seas to the state border with Hungary and operations without regard for the borders.
5. The aviation of the High Command:
a) Support the Northwestern Front with one flight from the 1st long Range aviation Corps and the Western Front with one flight from the 3rd Long Range Aviation Corps while they are fulfilling their missions of d destroying the enemy's Sulvaki grouping;
b) Assign the 18th Long Range Aviation Corps to the Southwestern Front with one flight from the 2nd Long Range Aviation Corps while it is fulfilling its mission of destroying the enemy's Lublin grouping; and
c) Leave the 4th Long Range Aviation Corps at my disposal in readiness to assist the Southwestern Front and, with part of its forces, the Black Sea Fleet.
The people's Commissar of Defense, Member of the main military council