DJI's civilian drones are used by both Russian and Ukrainian forces in their ongoing conflict, aiding operations ranging from general battlefield surveillance to precise artillery targeting. The company, headquartered in Shenzhen, had previously expressed its opposition to the use of its products for military purposes, but said it was unable to deactivate individual devices in the field. "DJI is internally reassessing compliance requirements in various jurisdictions. Pending the current review, DJI will temporarily suspend all business activities in Russia and Ukraine," the popular drone company said on its website on Monday.
In March, Mykhailo Federov, Ukraine's digital minister, called on DJI to stop selling its drones in Russia, whose soldiers he said were using the devices "to navigate their missile to kill civilians."