The documents contain numerous handwritten corrections, indicating the controversy surrounding the first day of the war. The Soviet leadership refused to believe that Nazi Germany had launched a full scale invasion of the USSR and tried to contain the enemy forces on the country's borders in order to prevent the conflict escalating.
Despite the aggressive actions of Nazi military forces, the Kremlin had initially prohibited the Soviet Red Army from crossing the borders of Germany and allowed only limited airstrikes on the territory of the enemy, at a distance not exceeding 100-150 kilometers (62-93 miles) from the state frontier. The order had been sent to five Soviet military districts, including the Kiev command and the Far Eastern Military District.
On June 22, 1941 the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, a Soviet governmental institution, issued orders aimed at transforming the country into a united self-sufficient military camp. The Great Patriotic War, the most tragic and glorious war in the history of Russia that claimed the lives of 27 million Soviet people, began.