Ukraine is claiming that one of its soldiers has made the world’s longest sniper kill shot, according to Interfax-Ukraine. 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. Ukraine’s Special Forces have not released any further information about the shoot, including the date and location of the kill or the name of the soldier involved.
If this claim is proven true, it would push Ukraine’s snipers into a new level of mythical status, as they have already gained fame for their work since Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2014. One unit has even taken on the nickname “The Ghosts of Bakhmut,” with their commander claiming responsibility for 113 of their 558 claimed kills all within nine months. However, Business Insider could not independently verify these figures.
The grueling work of snipers is often romanticized by the general public, but as “Ghost” told Alia Shoaib, it is nothing like how it is portrayed in American films. A sniper can wait up to 16 hours in one spot waiting for a target and only a small fraction of their skills are needed for the crucial shot itself.