‘Is Russia Committing Genocide in Ukraine?’ Might Be the Wrong Question

‘Is Russia Committing Genocide in Ukraine?’ Might Be the Wrong Question
People walk by a destroyed apartment building in Borodyanka, Ukraine, April 5, 2022 (AP photo by Vadim Ghirda).

Among the many concerns raised about Russia’s war in Ukraine is that it is using tactics that constitute genocide. But when human rights advocates focus so much on the genocide label, they risk drawing attention away from actions that are as bad or worse, but also easier to punish when called “crimes against humanity.”

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