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President Joe Biden yesterday nominated Bridget Brink, the current ambassador to Slovakia, as the next ambassador to Ukraine. Brink, who must be confirmed by the Senate, would fill a post that has remained vacant since 2019.
Brink’s posting comes amid a full-scale assault by Russia on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. British military intelligence reported Russia has failed to make significant inroads in the area to date, beyond cities already controlled by pro-Russian separatists. See background on the Donbas region here.
In related news, sources suggest Finland and Sweden will apply for NATO membership as early as mid-May. The international coalition was established following World War II and served as a bulwark against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Some analysts say the possibility of Ukraine’s membership precipitated the current crisis.