Biden names veteran career diplomat Brink as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has named veteran diplomat Bridget Brink as the new US ambassador to Ukraine, the White House said Monday, preparing to fill a crucial position that has been vacant for nearly three years and at a time when Washington is stepping up support to help Ukraine repel a Russian invasion. Brink, who is currently the United States Ambassador to Slovakia, has been a career diplomat for 25 years and has worked in Uzbekistan and Georgia as well as in several leadership positions in the State Department and the National Security Council of the White House.

A Michigan native and Russian speaker, “Brink’s decades of experience make her uniquely suited for this moment in Ukraine’s history,” according to a State Department statement. The post, which had been vacant since former President Donald Trump abruptly recalled US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich in May 2019, is up for confirmation by the US Senate.

The announcement of Brink’s appointment came during a weekend trip by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, where they met with President Volodomyr Zelenskiy and other senior Ukrainian officials. The visit was aimed at showing Western support for Ukraine and the cabinet secretaries also pledged new aid worth $713 million to Zelenskiy’s government and countries in the region, where Russia’s invasion raised fears of further aggression from Moscow.

During the trip, Washington also announced that US diplomats would return to Ukraine this week – initially resuming “day trips” from Poland where they are currently stationed in the western city of Lviv. Ukraine, across the border. “The increased American presence demonstrates our support for Ukraine and is part of the American commitment to return our diplomats to our embassy in Kyiv as soon as possible,” the State Department said in a statement.

US diplomats had left the kyiv embassy nearly two weeks before the Feb. 24 invasion, transferring some duties to the western city of Lviv before eventually moving to Poland. Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine has killed thousands, displaced millions and raised fears of a wider confrontation between Russia and the United States – by far the two largest nuclear powers of the world.

The United States has ruled out sending its own or NATO forces to Ukraine, but Washington and its European allies have supplied kyiv with weapons such as drones, Howitzer heavy artillery, anti-aircraft missiles Stinger and Javelin anti-tank.

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