A Ukrainian sniper said he tracked and took out a Russian for wounding his friend

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5: A Ukrainian sniper with the 28th Brigade looks towards a Russian position from a frontline trench outside of Bakhmut, Ukraine, on March 5, 2023.John Moore/Getty Images

  • A Ukrainian sniper described the moment he took out a Russian soldier who had wounded his friend.

  • He said he brought the video of the kill back to his friend to show him that he had taken revenge.

  • The soldier was speaking in a video interview to United 24, a Ukrainian government-run platform.

A Ukrainian sniper recounted the moment he took revenge for a wounded comrade by taking out a Russian soldier with precision.

The soldier spoke in a video interview to United 24, a Ukrainian government-run platform launched by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, but kept his face and voice hidden.

“In Bakhmut, my comrade was wounded by a Russian. I tracked him down and hit him just when he was shooting with an RPG. Then I went to my wounded friend, showed him the video, and said: ‘He’s done. I took revenge for you,” he said.

The sniper, who has the call sign, Taras, has been at war for years and is considered by Ukraine’s special operations forces to be one of the best snipers in the country, the video’s voiceover said. Insider was not able to independently verify his kill claim.

Taras said that all of their shots are recorded through the sights of their rifles and that a kill is not logged unless there is video confirmation of it.

He said that as a sniper, it is important not to exaggerate and that some who make outlandish claims about hitting targets at extremely long distances are not truthful.

He said that his furthest successful hit was at a distance of 1595 meters, around 5233 feet, but said it took him three attempts to get it right.

Taras said the job takes years of training and costs tens of thousands of dollars, making an expensive but worthwhile investment.

Ukrainian snipers have been playing an increasingly visible role in the conflict. One prolific sniper, the Ghost of Bakhmut, recently told Insider that his elite unit had killed 558 Russians.

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