Biden selects Bridget Brink as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

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Washington — President Biden plans to nominate seasoned diplomat Bridget Brink to service arsenic the United States ambassador to Ukraine, the White House announced Monday.

Her information requires Senate approval, and if confirmed, Brink, the existent U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, would instrumentality implicit arsenic the apical American diplomat successful Ukraine arsenic the federation continues to support itself from Russia's invasion. A vocation overseas work officer, Brink has had assignments successful Uzbekistan, Georgia, Cyprus and Serbia, and served arsenic the lawman adjunct caput successful the State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. She besides worked for the White House National Security Council.

The White House's ceremonial announcement of Brink arsenic Mr. Biden's prime for U.S. ambassador to Ukraine came aft Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin traveled to Kyiv to conscionable with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The 2 are the highest-ranking U.S. officials to sojourn Ukraine's superior metropolis since Russia invaded the state successful precocious February. During the visit, Blinken told Zelenskyy of Mr. Biden's enactment of Brink arsenic ambassador.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Bridget Brink astatine a property league connected February 7, 2018. Aziz Karimov/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

While the U.S. embassy successful Ukraine is successful Kyiv, the State Department moved embassy operations to Lviv successful mid-February successful effect to Russia's buildup of troops on Ukraine's borders. Blinken told reporters aft gathering with Zelenskyy that U.S. diplomats, who person mostly been moving successful Poland since the commencement of the warfare successful Ukraine, volition statesman returning to the state this week, aft which the State Department volition statesman the process of looking astatine however to reopen the embassy successful the capital.

"We're doing it deliberately, we're doing it carefully, we're doing it with the information of our unit foremost successful mind, but we're doing it," Blinken said.

The U.S. has not had a Senate-confirmed ambassador successful Ukraine since outpouring 2019, erstwhile Marie Yovanovitch was pushed retired of the station by erstwhile President Donald Trump. Yovanovitch, who would spell connected to attest successful the House's impeachment proceedings against Trump aboriginal that year, said she was removed owed to a smear run staged by "foreign corrupt interests" successful Ukraine who worked alongside allies of the erstwhile president to harm her reputation. 

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