Related Rule
Russian Federation
Practice Relating to Rule 43. Application of General Principles on the Conduct of Hostilities to the Natural Environment
In 1992, during a debate in the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly on protection of the environment in times of armed conflict, the Russian Federation insisted that “premeditated and indiscriminate destruction of the environment in times of armed conflict constituted not merely an evil but a crime”. It added that “such acts were clearly violations of the norms of international law and could not be justified even as reprisals”. 
Russian Federation, Statement before the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly, UN Doc. A/C.6/47/SR.9, 6 October 1992, p. 4, § 16.