Today, the world’s largest drone maker, DJI has issued a news statement saying that the company will suspend all business activities in Russia and Ukraine in light of the current hostilities, effective immediately.
DJI’s halting of all business activities is a temporary measure so that the Chinese drone maker can internally review compliance requirements in jurisdictions such as Russia and Ukraine.
Unmanned aircraft, including Autel and DJI drones, have played an important role in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Drones have been used by both sides for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, to locate enemy troops, to drop grenades and other explosives, and to document war crimes.
Over the last few weeks, DJI has been criticized for aiding the Russian invaders with DJI products, while at the same time, not helping the Ukraine defense forces to get their DJI AeroScope drone detection systems up and running.
DJI has always strongly denied these accusations.
DJI issues statement
Today the Chinese drone maker issued the following statement:
DJI Reassesses Sales Compliance Efforts In Light Of Current Hostilities
DJI is internally reassessing compliance requirements in various jurisdictions. Pending the current review, DJI will temporarily suspend all business activities in Russia and Ukraine. We are engaging with customers, partners and other stakeholders regarding the temporary suspension of business operations in the affected territories.
DJI did not say if and when the company expects to resume its business activities in Russia and Ukraine.
Photos courtesy of the Ukraine Armed Forces and the Ukraine Ministry of Digital Transformation.
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