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Ukraine’s elite snipers fight Russians, bullet by bullet

By Alistair MacDonald, Daniel Michaels

30 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. The war in Ukraine has seen a resurgence in the use of snipers, with teams such as "Devils and Angels" targeting Russian senior commanders and artillery teams. The flat landscape and static firing line make it an ideal environment for sharpshooters.

HRODIVKA, Ukraine—The war in Ukraine is a meat grinder of artillery, missiles and deadly minefields. Running silently aside all that is a test of battlefield marksmanship for snipers pursuing the fight one shot at a time.

Around 15 miles from the front line, near Bakhmut, three Ukrainian snipers recently emerged unseen from undergrowth. Their team, which calls itself “Devils and Angels,” is on orders to kill Russian senior commanders, critical members of artillery teams and other high-profile targets.

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