A 17-year-old Ukrainian basketball player was killed in Germany. What is the reason

Ukrainian basketball player Volodymyr Yermakov, 17, was fatally stabbed Saturday night in Düsseldorf, Germany, according to the Kyiv Basketball Federation.

Artem Kozachenko, Yermakov’s teammate in the ART Giantsel U19 team, was also injured on Saturday night. He is in a hospital in Essen, but his life was not in danger.

“Before a match, young basketball players were attacked with knives in the street because they are Ukrainians”, reported the Basketball Federation of Ukraine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine announced that the German police detained the killer. “According to the available information, the police have already detained the attacker. Investigations are ongoing”wrote Oleh Nikolenko, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Facebook, according to

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Volodymyr Yermakov was born in 2006 and played for the national team of Ukraine at the European U16 Championship in Bulgaria in 2022.

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