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Ukrainian soldiers remained at the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works facility, but it was not clear how many; President Volodymyr Zelensky said late Tuesday that “the evacuation mission continues.” Ukrainian officials say they will negotiate a prisoner swap with Moscow to secure the release of the roughly 260 soldiers already taken to Russian territory. The Kremlin signaled that it may interrogate them.
Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland signed their countries’ applications to join NATO, bringing the Nordic neighbors a step closer to membership. Both are expected to submit their applications this week, marking what would be a significant expansion of the military alliance that Russia has long sought to weaken.