Practice Relating to Rule 7. The Principle of Distinction between Civilian Objects and Military Objectives
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states:
Principle of distinction means that during preparation for and conduct of combat a clear distinction must be made between civilians and combatants [and] between civilian objects and military objectives with a view to ensuring protection of the civilian population and civilian objects from the consequences of hostilities and to concentrating the actions of forces exclusively against the enemy’s military objects.
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states: “Attacks may be directed only against concrete military objectives. A military objective shall be identified and its destruction shall be possible only if there is clear information for targeting.”