President Biden plans to hire Bridget Brink to serve as the US ambassador to Ukraine, two months after Russia launched its brutal invasion of the nation, the White House announced Monday.
An American veteran and diplomat, Brink currently serves as ambassador to the Slovak Republic and has a long history of working on European and Eurasian affairs.
His nomination was first indicated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin over the weekend in a secret meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
If confirmed, Brink would be the first ambassador to Ukraine since former President Donald Trump ousted Marie Yovanovitch in 2019.
She has served in various positions at the US Department of State, including working as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, as well as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassies in Uzbekistan and Georgia.
Brink, a native of Michigan, has master’s degrees in International Relations and Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He got his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College.
Brink was reportedly Biden’s pick in January, prior to the Feb. 24 invasion, however the administration was awaiting Ukraine’s approval of his pick, according to CNN.
The nomination comes as the Administration hopes to begin the return of US diplomats to Ukraine this week.
“The increased US presence demonstrates our support for Ukraine and is part of the US commitment to return our diplomats to our Embassy in kyiv as soon as possible. This action will strengthen the Department’s continued commitment to facilitating humanitarian relief efforts and assistance delivery to the Government of Ukraine, while providing further support to American citizens,” the State Department said in a statement.