On Monday, President Biden announced that he was nominating Bridget Brink to serve as the US ambassador to Ukraine, a position that has been vacant since 2019.
Brink will need to be confirmed by the Senate before she takes the post. She is currently the US ambassador to Slovakia and is a career diplomat who has worked in various positions in the State Department since the 1990s.
The announcement of Brink’s nomination came after the US said it plans on reopening its embassy in Kyiv. Before Russia invaded Ukraine, the US moved its embassy from Kyiv to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv and then eventually pulled all of its diplomats out of the country.
Fresh from a visit to Kyiv where he met with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday that US diplomats should start returning to Ukraine next week with the eventual goal of reopening the embassy in Kyiv.
“We will have American diplomats back in Ukraine starting next week. They’ll then start the process of looking at how we actually reopen the embassy itself in Kyiv. I think that will take place over a couple of weeks would be my expectation,” Blinken told reporters in Poland.
Blinken was joined in Kyiv by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. The two officials told Zelensky that the US would provide over $300 million in new military aid for Ukraine. After the trip, Austin said one of the US’s goals in Ukraine is to see a “weakened” Russia.