Practice Relating to Rule 109. Search for, Collection and Evacuation of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked
The Russian Federation’s Regulations on the Application of IHL (2001) states: “Both in the course of combat operations and after accomplishing the assigned mission, the commander shall take measures to search for and collect the wounded and sick, of whatever nationality.”
With regard to internal armed conflict, the Regulations states: “Whenever circumstances permit and particularly after an engagement, all possible measures shall be taken, without delay, to search for and collect the wounded, sick and shipwrecked.”
In the chapter on logistic support, the Regulations state:
Organizing and furnishing logistic support of the forces’ combat operations in compliance with international humanitarian law includes … evacuation of the wounded [and] the sick … from the area of operations.
The Russian Federation’s Combat Manual (2005) states that “if circumstances permit, the wounded, sick and shipwrecked, which are not engaged in hostile activities, must be collected and cared for”.