President Biden on Tuesday accused Russia of committing “crimes against humanity” in Ukraine, a legal designation that implicates high-level decision-makers in widespread atrocities as Moscow’s war in Ukraine nears the one-year mark.
What are crimes against humanity?
The United States has accused Russia of committing them in Ukraine.
Biden’s remarks followed a formal determination by the State Department and an announcement by Vice President Harris over the weekend that “members of Russia’s forces and other Russian officials have committed crimes against humanity in Ukraine.”
Here is what you should know about the term and what the U.S. accusation could mean.