DJI Halts Ukraine and Russia Sales to Prevent Combat Use of Drones

Chinese technology company Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) announced Tuesday it will temporarily suspend its business activities in Russia and Ukraine to prevent the use of drone products for combat.

DJI said in a statement it has been reassessing its compliance to various jurisdictions in line with the hostilities in Ukraine.

On Thursday, the tech company reaffirmed its goals, saying its drone technology was made to improve lives and not to cause harm. DJI said that its products were not, in any way, made for military use. DJI’s distributors, resellers, and other business partners have also agreed to take the same commitment, the tech company added.

In March, Vice Prime Minister for Digital Transformation of Ukraine Mykhailo Fedorov called on DJI to end its business relationship with Russia. Fedorov said in his letter to Frank Wang, founder and CEO of DJI, that the Russian army was using an extended version of DJI AeroScope to navigate their missiles to kill civilians.

AeroScope is a drone technology that gathers real-time  information like flight status and paths. According to DJI, AeroScope serves as a security measure against drones that pose security and safety threats.

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