Practice Relating to Rule 53. Starvation as a Method of Warfare
Under the Russian Federation’s Military Manual, the “use of starvation among the civilian population” is a prohibited method of warfare.
The Russian Federation’s Regulations on the Application of IHL (2001) states: “The prohibited methods of warfare include … using starvation of civilians to achieve military objectives.”
With regard to internal armed conflict, the Regulations states: “Starvation of civilians as a method of combat is prohibited.”