17-year-old Ukrainian basketball player stabbed to death in Germany

The 17-year-old Ukrainian basketball player Volodímir Yermakov died in Düsseldorf after being stabbed this Saturday along with a compatriot who also played in the under-19 team of the ART Giants club in this German city, according to the Kiev Basketball Federation in a statement.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
11 February 2024 Sunday 16:15
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17-year-old Ukrainian basketball player stabbed to death in Germany

The 17-year-old Ukrainian basketball player Volodímir Yermakov died in Düsseldorf after being stabbed this Saturday along with a compatriot who also played in the under-19 team of the ART Giants club in this German city, according to the Kiev Basketball Federation in a statement.

“On the eve of their next game, the young basketball players were attacked with knives in the street simply for being Ukrainian,” reads the statement, which explains that the other player attacked, Artem Kozachenko, is in intensive care.

The teammates of the two Ukrainian minors spent the night in the hospital, where doctors were unable to save Yermakov, according to the source.

The federation note explains that the German Police are investigating the stabbing.

Yermakov was born in 2006 and played with the Ukraine U-16 team in the European Basketball Championship held in Bulgaria in 2022.

The kyiv Basketball Federation has sent its condolences to his parents and has started a collection to send them financial aid through a Ukrainian bank.