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Ukrainian sniper claims new world record with 2.36 mile kill of Russian soldier
November 20, 2023
A Ukrainian soldier has laid claim to the world record for the longest sniper kill in history after killing a Russian soldier 2.36 miles away.
The insane shot was made using a custom rifle called ‘Lord of the Horizon’.
The sniper’s accomplishment comes amid the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, with tensions escalating on the front lines.
According to reports, the unnamed member of Ukraine’s security service SBU achieved the remarkable feat, surpassing the previous record of 2.2 miles by a Canadian special operations sniper in Iraq in 2017.
A video of the kill shows a line of three Russian soldiers becoming a line of two after one is hit by the shot.
The SBU said: “[Our] snipers are rewriting the rules of global sniping, showcasing unparalleled abilities to operate effectively at remarkable distances.”
Ukraine’s snipers are often at the forefront of counteroffensive manoeuvres taking out high-value Russian targets before other forces arrive.
The Ukrainian military gave no other details, such as when or where it was filmed, nor did it say how it had confirmed the sniper’s effort.
The custom ‘Lord of the Horizon’ gun was developed and made by MAYAK, a Ukrainian arms manufacturer, and is a staggering 6ft long. The rifle can fire bullets faster than the speed of sound for almost 10,000ft.
In November 2022, another Ukrainian soldier claimed to have made the second longest combat kill in history, coming in at 2,710 meters.
But confirming military kills is notoriously difficult as it mainly relies on soldiers self-reporting their kills because it can be too difficult to get the information from behind enemy lines during a war.