VOICES: Gorbachev and the Ukrainian war

In early 1945 U.S. Patton wanted to drive his 3rd Army into the Soviet hordes seizing Eastern Europe. General Eisenhower restrained him and the Soviet Union occupied a host of nations that had enjoyed freedom before World War II. Winston Churchill described the demarcation line between east and west Europe in a speech in March 1947 at Fulton College, Missouri: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended on the continent.”