Practice Relating to Rule 8. Definition of Military Objectives
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states:
Military objectives are any objects which by their nature, location, purpose or use make an effective contribution to military action and whose total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage.
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states: “Using military violence against combatants in hostilities up to their destruction shall be considered lawful.”
The manual further states that “military objectives” include “military units (personnel, weaponry and materiel) with the exception of medical units, means of medical transportation, religious personnel and their equipment)”.
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states that “military objectives” include “objects (such as constructions, buildings, positions, quarters, warehouses) used or prepared to be used for military purposes”.
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states: “Military objectives can be lawfully attacked. The presence of civilians at the military objective does not influence the status of the military objective.”