US ambassador to Ukraine tells Fox: Russia is guilty of war crimes
Kyiv, Ukraine – U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink in the hot seat.
In the most important diplomatic assignment of his career, he finds himself in the middle of a war with counter-aggressions from all sides.
Fox News caught up with her on a tour of Kyiv’s main train station, which is now doubling as a large charging and heating hub for city residents stuck without power amid the massive bombing of Russian missiles on the power grid here. Millions have been left out in the cold.
“It’s horrible, it’s unthinkable,” he told Fox News. “What is happening in our trial are war crimes.”
Brink’s specialty in his 25-year career has been Europe, where there have been many “grey area” disputes. For the ambassador, this is black and white.
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“It’s about freedom, about the fight between good and evil,” he said. “We believe it is absolutely essential that Russia faces a strategic defeat and that Ukraine prevails.”
There have been a flurry of reports in recent weeks that Washington is trying to push Kyiv to at least consider talking to Moscow. Brink isn’t buying it.
“It will be up to the Ukrainians to decide when and how they want to negotiate,” he told Fox News.
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Due to comments from politicians, it has also been thought that as Republicans take control of the House, there could be some cutback in aid to Ukraine. Brink remains positive.
“I’ve heard full and total support,” he commented, “not just, obviously, from the president, but from bipartisan members of Congress.” He noted that “accountability” would be a constant feature of fund disbursements.
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As complex as this nine-month war is becoming, Brink still believes its resolution is fairly simple.
“I think Russia can stop this war tomorrow,” he summed up. “Russia can stop the war and withdraw its troops, and the war will be over.”
That’s easier said than done, but the top American diplomat in Kyiv is trying.