Ukraine is making a claim that one of its soldiers has taken the world’s longest sniper kill shot. According to reports, the shot was taken 2.36 miles away from its Russian target, which would make it 0.2 miles further than the generally accepted record if confirmed. However, verification of the kill is not possible from the shared footage as it shows a grainy outdoor scene with two figures dropping down after two shots were fired.
The sniper involved used an Ukraine-made Volodar Obriyu rifle for the shot, according to Interfax-Ukraine, citing Special Forces. The unit did not offer any further information such as the date or location of the shot. There is no universally verified list of longest sniper kills, though there are several generally accepted contenders. If confirmed, this latest shot would be roughly 0.2 miles further than the previously claimed record which was taken by an unnamed Canadian soldier in Iraq in 2017. In 2022, another Ukrainian soldier was credited by their armed forces with the world’s second-longest kill from almost 1.7 miles away from its target.
Ukrainian snipers have gained an almost mythical status since Russia’s full-scale invasion and have been praised for their bravery and skill in defending their country against Russian aggression. One unit has even taken on the nickname “Ghosts of Bakhmut,” while their commander claims to be responsible for 113 out of their group’s total claimed kills all within nine months. However, Business Insider could not independently verify these figures and it’s important to note that while snipers may be revered by some they are also feared by many due to their deadly capabilities and tactics