Victoria Nuland retires at difficult time of war in Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the retirement of Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland, a career diplomat-turned-top political appointee who emerged over the last decade as one of the faces of U.S. foreign relations with Ukraine.

“It’s Toria’s leadership on Ukraine that diplomats and students of foreign policy will study for years to come,” Blinken said in a Tuesday statement. “Her efforts have been indispensable to confronting [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, marshaling a global coalition to ensure his strategic failure, and helping Ukraine work toward the day when it will be able to stand strongly on its own feet — democratically, economically, and militarily.”

Nuland has served as the acting deputy secretary of state since the retirement of Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman last July. She relinquished that interim role following the confirmation of Deputy Secretary Kurt Campbell, who took office last month. And she has been one of the most
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