How is a “mercenary soldier” defined in international law? [duplicate]

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Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister has claimed that the two British men, currently under sentence of death, were "mercenaries" attached to the Ukrainian army, and hence not subject to protection under the Geneva convention.

The British case is that the men were regular member of the Ukrainian army, and that such foreigners should be treated in the same way as any other soldiers.

What exactly is it in international law that defines a soldier as a "mercenary"?

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