Amid heavy fighting in the eastern city of Severodonetsk in Ukraine, the Russian forces issued an ultimatum to the Ukrainian forces in the Azot Chemical Plant to surrender by early Wednesday. To the surprise of no one, Ukraine refused this ultimatum and kept fighting.

In what seems to be an eerily similar situation to Mariupol’s Azovstal Iron and Steelworks Plant, Ukrainian fighters and civilians have taken refuge in the Azot Chemical Plant located in Severodonetsk. Russian forces issued the ultimatum to these forces, urging them to surrender in order to stop the “senseless resistance and lay down arms.” While issuing the ultimatum, they promised that all civilians would be allowed to leave via a humanitarian corridor

“Guided by the principles of humanity, the Russian armed forces and the formations of the Luhansk People’s Republic are ready to organize a humanitarian operation to evacuate civilians,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

According to the Ukrainian government, 500 civilians are trapped within the Azot Chemical Plant, along with an undisclosed number of Ukrainian troops. A representative from the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, Vitaly Kiselyov, stated that they estimate there were some 2,500 Ukrainian and foreign fighters in Azot. However, SOFREP could not verify these claims.