Related Rule
Ukraine
Practice Relating to Rule 54. Attacks against Objects Indispensable to the Survival of the Civilian Population
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states:
1.3.2 The following methods of warfare shall be prohibited:
- destroying, exporting or impairing of objects which are indispensable to the survival of the civilian population.
2.3.5.1. During combat in an urban environment the commander (commanding officer) and staff shall take into account:
- [the] presence and location of objects indispensable for the survival of the civilian population and other objects (areas) protected by international humanitarian law.
2.3.5.2. If combat is conducted on water obstacles (seashore, islands etc.) it is prohibited to destroy dykes, dams and objects indispensable for the survival of the civilian population. 
Ukraine, Manual on the Application of IHL Rules, Ministry of Defence, 11 September 2004, §§ 1.3.2 and 2.3.5.1–2.3.5.2.
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states that, during the conduct of hostilities: “In exceptional circumstances … the commander (commanding officer) may designate … missions to destroy objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population”. 
Ukraine, Manual on the Application of IHL Rules, Ministry of Defence, 11 September 2004, § 2.2.4.