NATO Advances Sweden, Finland Toward Membership as Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine

From a Wall Street Journal story by Thomas Grove and Daniel Michaels headlined “NATO Advances Sweden, Finland Toward Membership as Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine”:

Russian artillery pounded Sloviansk, one of Ukraine’s last lines of defense to protect the remaining Kyiv-held strongholds in eastern Ukraine, while the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday advanced plans to add Sweden and Finland to the alliance.

Vadim Lyakh, the mayor of Sloviansk, reported “massive shelling” of the city in a Facebook post and said the central market was on fire. Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of military administration in the eastern region of Donetsk, said on Telegram that at least two people died and seven were injured.