Nominee for Ambassador to Ukraine Approved by Senate

Senate Unanimously Confirms New Ambassador to Ukraine

U.S. Senate APPROVES HER – The Votes Are In!

( – On May 18, the Senate approved President Joe Biden’s nominee for the ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink. The confirmation comes just in time for the reopening of the US embassy in Ukraine, which Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the same day. Brink managed to get a unanimous vote, marking a quick and unusual agreement in the Senate.

Brink was formerly the ambassador to Slovakia. She is taking over the vacant position after the departure of Marie Yovanovitch in 2019. NPR reports Brink has been part of the Foreign Service for over 20 years. The new ambassador was a Trump nominee in 2019 for her previous position.

The long-time US official is a Michigan native who speaks multiple languages and began working at the State Department in 1996. At that time, she served in Belgrade, Serbia. During her tenure, she has served at the National Security Council as the director of the Aegean and the South Caucasus. Brink was also the senior advisor for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Upon President Biden announcing her nomination, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Brink has the experience to “make her uniquely suited for this moment in Ukraine’s history.” With the embassy opening after three months of being closed due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the United States is marking its support and faith in Ukraine’s ability to maintain the freedom of its capital, Kyiv, and continued successful resistance against Russian forces.

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