Ukrainian shelling on Saturday forced Russian forces to stop the evacuation of people from the Azot chemical plant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk just hours after the city fell into Russian hands, Reuters reported, citing local police.

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Oleksiy Arestovich, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Ukrainian special forces were still in Severodonetsk, directing artillery fire at the Russians.

Russia has said it has established full control over Severodonetsk

According to Russian officials, there are still several hundred people in the plant who have sought refuge from the fighting.

Earlier, both Kyiv and Moscow announced that Ukrainian forces had withdrawn from Severodonetsk after weeks of fierce fighting that destroyed 90 percent of the city.

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