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Following the first trip to Ukraine by high-level Biden administration officials since Russia’s invasion began, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced U.S. diplomats who have been working out of Poland since mid-February will return to Ukraine this week.
President Joe Biden announced he’ll nominate career diplomat Bridget Brink to serve as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, aiming to fill the role that has been vacant since former President Donald Trump removed Marie Yovanovitch in 2019.
Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced an additional $713 million in foreign military financing for Ukraine and 15 other allies, as well as a $165 million sale of “non-standard ammunition” for Ukraine. “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine,” Austin said.