A file picture from 2017, where Indian and Russian army participated in INDRA 2017 military exercise at Mahajan Field Firing Range in Bikaner

LUCKNOW: The 10th Indo-Russian joint military exercises started in Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

The 10-day drill includes company sized contingents of the 5th Army of Russia and a mechanised infantry battalion of the Indian Army. It is taking place at the Babina military station, an official said.

Major General PS Minhas, General Officer Commanding, White Tiger Division, and Major General Tsekov Oleg Mussovich, Commander Eastern Military Districts from Russia, reviewed the opening ceremony.

There was a fly past of Army Aviation helicopters which carried the national flags of both the countries.

"The aim of the exercise is to practice joint planning to enhance interoperability of the two armies in peace keeping environment under the aegis of the UN," an official said.

The exercise also covers building tactical level operations in a counter-insurgency environment in semi-urban terrain.