761.71/171: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Steinhardt ) to the Secretary of State

36. I have learned from a source which I regard as reliable that the railroad between Lwow and Przemysl has been cleared and ordered [Page 453] to be kept cleared for the next [few?] days. The same informant advised me that whereas until recently Rumanian forces had been withdrawn from Bessarabia they have now entered the southern half of that district and are engaged in fortifying it—although the main Rumanian defense line is still on the Prut and Danube Rivers.