February 19, Monday, 2024

1. Japan is hosting a conference to discuss how to support Ukraine’s reconstruction efforts nearly two years after Russia’s invasion started. The Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction began on Monday morning in Tokyo.
2. A Ukrainian military commander says his troops have inflicted nearly 50,000 personnel losses on Russian forces before withdrawing from the strategically important city of Avdiivka. But a US newspaper warns of challenges confronting Ukrainian troops amid stalled military aid from the United States.
3. Japanese animation master Miyazaki Hayao’s “The Boy and the Heron” has won the Animated Film category at the British Academy Film Awards. The winners of the 77th awards, commonly known as the BAFTAs, were announced at a ceremony on Sunday.