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US confirms Bridget Brink as ambassador to Ukraine, reopens embassy: Live updates

US confirms Bridget Brink as ambassador to Ukraine, reopens embassy: Live updates


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The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine on Wednesday, the most recent sign of American diplomatic efforts throughout Ukraine’s ongoing battle against the Russian invasion.

Brink was confirmed unanimously by the Senate with out a formal roll name vote. The place has been vacant since 2019.

The identical day as Brink’s affirmation, the U.S. opened its Ukrainian embassy in Kyiv, with diplomats returning on a everlasting foundation to the town. Brink informed senators throughout her affirmation listening to earlier this month that she would work to reopen the embassy.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that “the Ukrainian individuals, with our safety help, have defended their homeland within the face of Russia’s unconscionable invasion, and, in consequence, the Stars and Stripes are flying over the Embassy as soon as once more.”

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New U.S. intelligence revealed that some Russian officers are involved that Russian forces are finishing up abuses in Mariupol, a U.S official aware of the findings stated Wednesday.

The alleged abuses embrace beating and electrocuting metropolis officers and robbing houses, based on the intelligence discovering.

The U.S. official, who was not licensed to remark publicly and spoke on the situation of anonymity, stated Russian officers are apprehensive the abuse will additional encourage Ukrainian residents in Mariupol to withstand the Russian occupation and undermine Russia’s declare that it liberated the port metropolis.

After holding out for weeks within the Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol, most Ukrainian troops have deserted the town. The troopers are considered heroes in Ukraine, which hopes to barter their return residence in a prisoner swap.

Contributing: The Related Press

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