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Biden nominates an ambassador in Kyiv, aiming to fill a void in the U.S.-Ukraine relationship.

President Biden nominated Bridget Brink as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine on Monday, which would fill a position that has remained empty for more than a year despite the critical importance of the American relationship with Ukraine.

The news was on Sunday as Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III met with .

The delegation also said the United States would move to reopen its embassy in Kyiv, according to the officials.

Ms. Brink’s nomination will end a delay that career diplomats have said would be baffling even in more tranquil times. The Ukraine ambassadorship , when President Donald J. Trump Marie L. Yovanovitch. Shortly after, William B. Taylor Jr., a retired veteran diplomat, stepped in on a temporary basis until early 2020. The post has remained empty during the Biden administration even as dire warnings were issued last year that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine.

If confirmed, Ms. Brink will assume her role at a in U.S.-Ukraine relations. She visited the Ukrainian-Slovak border the day after Russia’s invasion and said she had been the provision of aid from Slovakia to Ukraine.

The imminent return of American diplomats to the embassy in Kyiv is expected to be embraced by lawmakers from both parties and by Ukrainian leaders as well. “I know U.S. diplomats are eager to get back,” Mr. Taylor said. “It’s important to be in the capital. It’s important to talk to the Ukrainians and listen to the Ukrainians.”

At the same time, he said, “everybody understands the security concerns.”

John Ismay, Cora Engelbrecht and Michael Crowley contributed reporting.

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