A tragedy occurred with two Ukrainian basketball players Vladimir Ermakov and Andrey Kozachenko.
According to the Kiev Basketball Federation, in Dusseldorf, Germany, unknown persons with knives attacked 17-year-old Ermakov and Kozachenko. Vladimir died from his injuries, Andrey is in intensive care.
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“The Kyiv Basketball Federation and the entire Ukrainian basketball community express deep condolences to our colleagues Tatyana Gnatyuk and Gennady Ermakov in connection with the tragic death of their son. 17-year-old Vladimir Ermakov, who seemed to have his whole life ahead of him, was killed in Germany on Saturday evening.
Volodya and his friend Artem Kozachenko played for the youth team AR Giants (U-19) from Dusseldorf. On the eve of the next match, young basketball players were attacked with knives on the street simply because they were Ukrainians! The whole team spent the night in the hospital next to our guys. Unfortunately, doctors were unable to save Ermakov, and Kozachenko remains in intensive care. Local police are already investigating the case and there were witnesses at the crime scene,” the Facebook post said.
It is worth noting that Vladimir, together with the Ukrainian U-16 team, took part in the U16 European Championships in Bulgaria in 2022.
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