Ukrainian Vladimir Ermakov was killed in Germany. The basketball player was most likely the victim of an ethnically motivated attack. His friend is still fighting for his life.
Vladimir Ermakov was considered a talented player. In the middle of last year, the 17-year-old moved from warring Ukraine to Germany to develop his basketball skills with the Art Giants Dusseldorf team. Unfortunately, the player’s club announced the tragic death of the player on Monday morning.
Ukrainian basketball player killed in Germany
According to the Kiev Independent website, on the eve of his team’s match, scheduled for February 11, Ermakov was with his friend (also Ukrainian) Artem Kozachenko in Oberhausen, a city in the Dusseldorf agglomeration. For inexplicable reasons, they were attacked on the street by unknown assailants. As the Kiev Basketball Association reported on Facebook, the attackers allegedly attacked the teenagers because of their Ukrainian origin.
Ermakov died in the hospital, where they tried to save him. The fight for Kozachenko, who is in intensive care, continues. The entire Giants junior team kept an eye on both teenagers throughout the night. Local police are still investigating the circumstances of the case. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine also got involved in the matter. Press secretary Oleg Nikolenko said on Facebook that the attacker (who was not of German origin) had already been detained.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has taken special control of the investigation into the murder of a Ukrainian basketball player in Germany. The Consulate General in Dusseldorf has already held negotiations with the chief of police of the city of Essen. “The consuls emphasized the need to conduct an investigation as quickly as possible and bring the criminal to justice,” Nikolenko wrote.
Career of Vladimir Ermakov
Ermakov was associated with basketball from an early age. In 2022, he took part in the European Youth Championship in Bulgaria. The Ukrainian Basketball Association expressed condolences to the relatives of the slain player.
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