Basketball players Vladimir Ermakov and his friend Artem Kozachenko were attacked with knives by a group of young people. Probably because of nationality.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has assumed special supervision of the investigation into the murder of a Ukrainian basketball player in Germany. Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko wrote this on Facebook.
“The Consulate General of Düsseldorf has already held talks with the police chief of the city of Essen. The consuls noted the need for a rapid investigation and bringing the criminal to justice,” Nikolenko said.
According to him, the police have already detained the attacker. Investigations continue.
In addition, the treatment of an injured Ukrainian is under the control of the Ukrainian consulate. He is receiving the necessary medical care at a hospital in Essen. His condition is stable, there is no life-threatening situation.
On the evening of February 12, the Ukrainian Basketball Federation of the city of Kiev reported that Ukrainian Vladimir Ermakov and his friend Artem Kozachenko were attacked with a knife by unidentified people in Düsseldorf, Germany. This happened on the eve of the next match for young basketball players. According to initial information, the attackers were 8 young men of Arab appearance. Doctors could not save 17-year-old Vladimr Ermakov.
A 17-year-old Ukrainian was stabbed during a dispute with a group of teenagers at a train station in Oberhausen (a city in the administrative district of Düsseldorf). The German publication Rheinische Post writes about this. According to prosecutors and police, a verbal argument broke out between two groups of teenagers at a bus stop.
Vladimir Ermakov moved to Düsseldorf only in July 2023. He played for the local youth team “ART Giants” (U-19) together with Artem Kozachenko. Ermakov previously played basketball in Kiev and played for the children’s teams “Teyvaz” and “5T.EAM-DYUSSH-12”. He competed at the 2022 European Championships in Bulgaria as a member of the Ukrainian youth team (U-16).
Let us remind you that the former football player of the Lutsk club Volyn, Roman Godovany, died as a result of the explosion of a Russian shell during a combat mission. He served in the 33rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade. After his unit was fired upon from a tank, the fighters tried to hide in the landing but were caught by the tripwire.
On January 9, football referee Vladimir Bezborotko died in the Zaporozhye direction. He worked in the Chernivtsi Region Football Federation and made a significant contribution to the popularization of children’s and youth football in Bukovina.
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