Webshops temporarily stop selling DJI drones

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Online retailers MediaMarkt and Bol.com are no longer selling drones from the Chinese brand DJI for the time being. The reason for this is the news that the Russian army would use the drones for warfare in Ukraine. The drone manufacturer calls the “totally false” accusations.

This is apparent from a tour of NU.nl.

Russian army uses DJI drones for warfare in Ukraine

Anyone who wants to buy a drone of the DJI brand via the MediaMarkt or Bol.com will be disappointed. Both webshops have removed the drones from the Chinese manufacturer from their range. This may have to do with the situation in Ukraine. It has been rumored for some time that the Russian army would use DJI drones in warfare in the country.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov asked DJI earlier this month to cut all ties with Russia. He also wanted information on all DJI drones operating in Ukraine at the time, and whether or not DJI products of the Ukrainian government were being actively hindered. Finally, he demanded that DJI drones activated in Russia, Syria, and Lebanon be deactivated.

In response, DJI said there was little it could do about the situation because it was unable to disable the Russians’ AeroScope system remotely. Setting up a geofence – say a digital fence around Ukraine – was one of the options. All DJI drones within the Ukrainian borders will then no longer be usable. This applies to both the Russian and Ukrainian drones of the manufacturer.

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