China’s DJI, the world’s largest drone maker, has been accused by the United States of having ties with the Chinese army after its products were reportedly used by Russian troops to invade Ukraine.

On October 4, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) blacklisted 13 Chinese companies, including DJI, BGI Genomics and China State Construction Group, on the grounds that they are Chinese military companies operating in the US.

Chinese media said the DoD’s accusations were groundless and unreasonable as DJI’s products were not designed for military use.