Ukrainian claims to have made SECOND LONGEST sniper kill in history at 2,710m, here's the longest
It is considered quite hard to actually measure the accuracy of military kills since it mostly relies on self-reporting by the soldiers
KYIV, UKRAINE: The Kyiv military chiefs are claiming that one of their snipers successfully executed a Russian soldier from a distance of around 1.7 miles (2710m). If proven this will be the second-largest combat kill ever in the history of warfare. As per Ukraine’s military, they have shared footage which is of the shot looking down the sniper’s scope, making it surpass Briton Craig Harrison's record of killing two Taliban fighters from a distance of 2,475m in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in 2009.
However, the world record is held by an undisclosed Canadian sniper who shot down and killed an ISIS militant for the longest combat kill at 3540m. This incident took place at an unnamed location in Iraq in 2017. In the footage released by the Ukrainian military, one can see an image of a man moving with trees around him and then falling three seconds later once the sniper centers his crosshairs on his chest. The shot being fired is confirmed with thermal sight jumping upwards.
In the second footage, the other figure can be seen running over to assist his comrade, before the sniper fires his rifle once again, resulting in both figures slipping onto the floor. Many netizens are questioning the footage released, alleging that most of the thermal scopes couldn’t have spotted the Russian soldiers at the distance claimed by the Ukrainian military. The argument is further strengthened by their failure to provide any details about the incident, including the time, location, or weapon employed by the shooter.
The argument made by some was that the time between rifle firing and the soldier falling down on the ground was quick and that can’t be possible with a distance as much as 1.7 miles. Interestingly, the record-holder Canadian sniper’s bullet took almost 10 seconds to hit its target in the 2017 killing.
It is considered quite hard to actually measure the accuracy of military kills since it mostly relies on self-reporting by the soldiers, reported the Daily Mail. At the time of the world-record military kill of 3540m, the actual shooting was captured by a Predator drone circling overhead.
The Canadian military told it had used a McMillan TAC-50 sniper rifle fired from the upper floors of a high-rise building, as per the report. Further details of the execution were reported by the SOFREP news site, claiming the incident took place in Mosul, and the executor and his team had been recently trained to carry long-range sniping. It also shared that the group has been firing at increasing distances over the city for several days before the record-breaking kill.