Brink’s confirmation comes the same day the United States officially reopened its embassy in the Ukrainian capital. It had been closed since the start of the Russian invasion in February.
The last Senate-confirmed ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was removed from her post by Donald Trump in 2019 as the then-president sought to open an investigation into his political rivals. The saga led to Trump’s first impeachment.
Brink held several positions in the diplomatic corps, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. She speaks Russian and has served in US embassies in Serbia, Cyprus, Georgia and Uzbekistan.
Under Schumer’s leadership, the Foreign Relations Committee fast-tracked Brink’s appointment. His confirmation hearing took place last week and the committee reported it favorably to the Senate earlier on Wednesday. Within hours, the 100 senators agreed to confirm her to the post.