Related Rule
Ukraine
Practice Relating to Rule 96. Hostage-Taking
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states:
1.3.2. The following methods of warfare shall be prohibited:
- taking hostages.
1.8.5. Serious violations of international humanitarian law directed against people include:
- taking hostages. 
Ukraine, Manual on the Application of IHL Rules, Ministry of Defence, 11 September 2004, §§ 1.3.2 and 1.8.5.
The manual further states that “taking of hostages”, or threats of such action, against the following persons is prohibited in non-international armed conflicts:
- persons taking no active part in the hostilities;
- members of armed forces who have laid down their arms;
- those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause. 
Ukraine, Manual on the Application of IHL Rules, Ministry of Defence, 11 September 2004, § 1.4.10.