Practice Relating to Rule 113. Treatment of the Dead
Section B. Protection of the dead against despoliation
Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states:
1.4.12. … As soon as the circumstances allow, all parties to an armed conflict shall … organize the search for the dead to prevent their pillage …
22.214.171.124. … Measures to search for, collect, identify and burial of the dead shall be organized as soon as the situation permits. Those measures shall be aimed at the prevention of … pillage.
Pursuant to Ukraine’s Criminal Code (2001), “stealing belongings of the dead … on a battlefield” is a war crime.