The Ukrainian army surrounded the Mariupol City Council building on the 8th of May 2014. Some reports said that they were deployed to dismantle barricades. A crowd of about 200 unarmed citizens of Mariupol gathered at about 2 pm local time outside the building and tried to stop to negotiate with the Army men, but the military stated shooting. The locals started shouting slogans against the Kiev government. Some residents of the city set tires ablaze. At about 3 pm too many people gathered in front of the city council and the army had to leave the scene. They left the city with two to three buses.
The city council building in Mariupol got on the 7th of May under control of the “National guard” of Kiev as they stormed the building using toxic gas. But in the afternoon of the day, the residents of Mariupol managed to retake the building and raise the flag of the People’s Republic of Donetsk.