Practice Relating to Rule 110. Treatment and Care of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states:
1.7.1. While performing their military duty, military medical personnel shall be guided by the generally recognized rules of international humanitarian law that oblige them:
- to render medical assistance during armed conflicts as necessary without any discrimination save for medical reasons;
- to comply with international humanitarian law when organizing medical support to a military unit;
- to provide medical assistance to all wounded and sick both in the area of combat and in the occupied territory …
188.8.131.52. … All wounded, sick and shipwrecked (persons who have suffered an aircraft crash) irrespective of their belonging of any party, to the fullest extent and within the shortest period of time possible, shall receive medical assistance and care adequate to the state of their health.
Under Ukraine’s Criminal Code (2001), failure to fulfil the obligation to provide medical treatment and care to the wounded and sick constitutes a war crime.