Senate confirms Brink as new US ambassador to Ukraine

FILE – Bridget Brink speaks before testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington May 10, 2022. The Senate confirmed Brink as ambassador to Ukraine on May 18, filling the post as US officials plan to bring American diplomats back to Kyiv while the country battles Russian invasion. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, file) (Mariam Zuhaib, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

WASHINGTON – The Senate late Wednesday confirmed Bridget Brink as the US ambassador to Ukraine, filling the post as officials plan to bring American diplomats back to Kyiv amid the nation’s ongoing struggle against the Russian invasion.

The veteran Foreign Service official, who has spent most of her career in the shadow of the former Soviet Union, was nominated for the position by President Joe Biden last month. It was unanimously approved by the Senate without a formal roll-call vote.

American diplomats evacuated Kyiv when the war started three months ago, but the US reopened the embassy on Wednesday.

The post of ambassador has been vacant since ex-President Donald Trump abruptly forced Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch out of office in 2019. She later became a key figure in Trump’s first impeachment trial.

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Brink had been ambassador to Slovakia.


https://www.local10.com/news/politics/2022/05/19/senate-confirms-brink-as-new-us-ambassador-to-ukraine/ Senate confirms Brink as new US ambassador to Ukraine

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