Practice Relating to Rule 84. The Protection of Civilians and Civilian Objects from the Effects of Incendiary Weapons
The Russian Federation’s Military Manual (1990) prohibits “any weapons which strike indiscriminately or whose use causes superfluous injury and destruction” and specifically refers to the 1980 Protocol III to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
The Russian Federation’s Regulations on the Application of IHL (2001) states:
The following shall be prohibited to use in the course of combat operations: … incendiary weapons in all circumstances against the civilian population and civilian objects, as well as when used to destroy forests or other kinds of plant cover, except when such natural elements are used by the enemy for military purposes.
At the International Conference on the Protection of War Victims in 1993, the Russian Federation declared: “In order to protect the civilian population against indiscriminate weapons … incendiary weapons … should be completely banned in internal conflicts.”