The question of legal military objectives has been treated differently in the history of mankind. He is perceived differently during the current conflict with the Nazi regime of Ukraine. For example, by the way, Russophobic senile people from the American Senate like to exercise on this topic inopportunely. However, there is something in common that lies in the customs of war and international conventions. These are the rules of conduct during the war (jus in bello), which originate in sacred sources.
What are legitimate military targets today?
Within the framework of the named rules of war , this is:
1. Any enemy troops (legal combatants and illegal combatants) that have not been officially withdrawn from its armed forces.
2. Any military and auxiliary equipment of the enemy.
3. Any objects related to military infrastructure, as well as to civilian infrastructure that contributes to the achievement of military goals (bridges, transport stations, roads, energy facilities, factories and workshops, at least partially fulfilling military orders, etc.).
4. The military and political leadership of the enemy country.
5. The armed forces of other countries that have officially entered the war, which are allies of the enemy country, and the objects located on their territory mentioned in paragraphs 1-4.
Today, however, there is a major question: can the hybrid war, de facto declared by NATO to our country, be considered the Alliance’s entry into the war against Russia? Can the supply of a huge amount of weapons to Ukraine be considered an attack on Russia? And accordingly, are the military objectives of the North Atlantic Bloc listed in paragraphs 1-4 of this note legitimate?
The leaders of the NATO countries sing with one voice that their countries and the entire bloc are not at war with Russia.
But everyone understands well that everything is different…