Practice Relating to Rule 8. Definition of Military Objectives
The Russian Federation’s Regulations on the Application of IHL (2001) states:
military objectives include units of armed forces (personnel, weapons and military equipment), except for medical units and medical transports; objects (structures, buildings) used (ready to be used) for military purposes; other objects which by their nature, purpose, location or use make an effective contribution to military operations and whose total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage.
Military objectives are legitimate targets for attack, except for cases when such objectives belong to the category of especially dangerous objects.
A military objective remains such even if it accommodates civilian persons.