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The last Ukrainian soldiers defending the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol yielded to Russian forces yesterday after months of heavy fighting in the southern port city. More than 260 Ukrainian soldiers were transferred to Russian-controlled territory after surrendering. Ukrainian officials hope the soldiers can be swapped as part of a prisoner exchange, though some Russian officials said they would be tried and executed. 

Meanwhile, Finland and Sweden submitted applications to join NATO, the Western-backed alliance originally established to provide security against the Soviet Union. The move is historic for the two countries that have traditionally held a neutral position. See the next steps for NATO membership here.

In other news, the US Senate is poised to vote this week on a $40B aid package for Ukraine after the House passed the bill last week.  

See updates on the war here.