"We are negotiating on Mariupol - they do not want to surrender it peacefully. If we cannot do it peacefully, we will have to do it by force," he said at a meeting with the "voters" on Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing RIA Novosti.
Note that earlier Zakharchenko stated that Mariupol with Kramatorsk and Sloviansk remain under the control of Kyiv, in accordance with the agreement on the demarcation line signed by the DPR representatives and the Ukrainian authorities. However, the terrorists began to claim later that Kyiv allegedly withdrew the signature of its representative under this document.
It should be reminded that Zakharchenko has previously announced plans to capture Mariupol, Kramatorsk, and Sloviansk.