The Azot chemical plant, where hundreds of civilians from the embattled town of Sievierodonetsk have sought refuge, has come under fire from Russian artillery, regional governor Serhiy Haidai said on Monday.

Russian forces have also made advances in the city, now controlling about 70% according to Haidai.

“Russians continue to storm the city, having a significant advantage in artillery they have somewhat pushed back the Ukrainian soldiers,” he said on social media.

“About 500 civilians remain on the grounds of the Azot plant in Sievierodonetsk, 40 of them are children. Sometimes the military manages to evacuate someone,” the regional governor added.

The capture of Sievierodonetsk would open up the way for Russian troops to advance on other key towns in the region.

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