Ukraine is currently claiming that one of its soldiers made the world’s longest sniper kill shot. The shot was taken from a distance of 2.36 miles away from the Russian target, according to reports. If confirmed, this kill would be just over 0.2 miles further than the generally accepted record.
Ukraine’s Special Forces are making this claim, stating that a Ukrainian soldier took out a Russian combatant from such a great distance using an Ukraine-made Volodar Obriyu rifle, translating as “Horizon’s Lord.” Despite sharing footage of the event, it is not possible to verify the kill from it as it shows a grainy outdoor scene with two figures glimpsed through a highlighted circle and three shots being fired before they fall down after the second shot.
There is no universally verified list of longest sniper kills, but there are several generally accepted contenders. If confirmed, this latest shot would be roughly 0.2 miles further than the previously claimed record taken 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 their target.
Ukrainian snipers have gained almost mythical status since Russia’s full-scale invasion, with one unit taking on the nickname “Ghosts of Bakhmut.” Their commander, who goes by the call sign “Ghost,” claims responsibility for 113 out of their group’s 558 claimed kills all in just nine months. However, Business Insider could not independently verify these figures