Ukraine live briefing: Mass burial site discovered in Izyum; E.U. chief in Kyiv

Ukrainian authorities discovered a mass burial site in the city of Izyum after liberating the city over the weekend, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday evening. Earlier in the day, Zelensky met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Kyiv.

In a rare admission, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he understood China’s “questions and concerns” about the war in Ukraine, before meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan Thursday. Moscow warned the United States not to supply Ukraine with long-range missiles, saying such an act would make Washington a “direct party to the conflict” and breach a “red line.”

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Zelensky visits liberated Izyum as Ukraine aims to keep Russia on the run: The Washington Post’s Siobhán O’Grady was in Izyum as Zelensky visited the recently liberated city. She reports that Zelensky participated in a flag-raising ceremony to mark the nation’s most important military victory since Russian invaders were repelled from the suburbs of Kyiv in late March.

Zelensky, striking a resolute tone, said that while Russia might temporarily occupy parts of Ukraine, “it is definitely impossible to occupy our people, the Ukrainian people.”

Amy B Wang contributed to this report.