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Lawmakers in both Finland and Sweden affirmed efforts to apply for membership to NATO, the Western-backed alliance originally established as a bulwark against the Soviet Union. Officials say the move, which would end decades of a stringent neutrality policy for both countries, was prompted by Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. Their applications will likely set off a series of negotiations within NATO-member countries; see the process here

Separately, a delegation of US senators, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), made an unannounced visit to Kyiv over the weekend. McConnell later urged the Biden administration to classify Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. 

See updates on the war here, along with photos from the ground.