Suspects are 14 and 15 years old: details of the murder of Ukrainian basketball player in Germany
The attackers of the young Ukrainian basketball player Volodymyr Yermakov, who died of stab wounds on the evening of February 11, and his friend have been detained. The identity of the perpetrators and their motives are still unknown, and the second victim, our compatriot, is in a stable serious condition.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleh Nikolenko, wrote on his Facebook page that the police are investigating. According to him, the Consulate General of Ukraine in Düsseldorf, Germany, where the crime took place, has already held talks with the head of the Essen police.
"The consuls emphasized the need for a speedy investigation and bringing the perpetrator to justice. According to available information, the police have already detained the attacker. Investigative actions are underway. The consular office also monitors the treatment of another injured Ukrainian. He is being provided with the necessary medical care in the Essen hospital. The condition of our citizen is stable, there are no threats to his life," said Nikolenko.
According to the t-online portal, two teenagers aged 14 and 15 were detained on suspicion of murdering the Ukrainian. The conflict occurred at Oberhausen Central Station. Along with Yermakov and Kozachenko, their friends, a 14-year-old Syrian boy from Gelsenkirchen and a 13-year-old German girl with Lebanese roots, were injured.
The Ukrainians were attacked on the eve of their next match. The boys played for the ART Giants (U-19) youth team from Dusseldorf. Yermakov used to play basketball and played in the Teivaz and 5T.EAM-DUSSH-12 children's teams (born in 2006). As a member of the Ukrainian U-16 national team, he played at the 2022 European Championships in Bulgaria.