The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a crime under international law and atrocities have been committed, but the Russians are not trying to annihilate the Ukrainian people.
Words matter. Words can and do result in thoughts and then into actions. Words can result in the laudable of human actions and into the most despicable behavior. Words can inspire, and they can mislead. For all these reasons, it is of extreme importance that language be used properly, so that inappropriate or counter-productive thoughts and actions do not result.