Ukraine is claiming that one of its soldiers has made the world’s longest sniper kill shot, which took out a Russian combatant from 2.36 miles away. The Special Forces unit did not provide any additional information about the date or location of the shot, but if confirmed, this would be roughly 0.2 miles further than the previously claimed record by an unnamed Canadian soldier in Iraq in 2017. In 2022, another Ukrainian soldier was credited with the world’s second-longest kill from almost 1.7 miles away from its target.
The video footage shows a grainy outdoor scene with two figures glimpsed through a highlighted circle. Three shots are fired, and both figures drop down after the second shot. One appears to crawl away. The sniper involved used a Ukraine-made rifle called Volodar Obriyu for the shot, according to Interfax-Ukraine citing Special Forces.
There is no universally verified list of longest sniper kills, though there are several generally accepted contenders. While Ukrainian snipers have gained an almost mythical status since Russia’s full-scale invasion, their work is grueling and often mythologized by the general public. A commander who goes by the call sign “Ghost” says he is responsible for 113 of his unit’s 558 claimed kills, all in nine months. However, Business Insider could not independently verify these figures.