Police reveal details of murder of young Ukrainian basketball player in Germany

Monday, 12 February 2024

German law enforcement officials have provided details of the conflict that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Ukrainian basketball player Volodymyr Yermakov in Oberhausen.

According to Focus, law enforcement officials reported on the evening of 10 February on a violent argument broke out between two groups of young people at a bus stop on Willy-Brandt Square in Oberhausen.

At first, they argued on the bus, but the conflict ended in a physical fight after getting off the bus in the square mentioned above.

As a result of the incident, four young people were seriously injured, presumably by knives. The attackers fled the scene of the crime.


Soon, a 17-year-old Ukrainian died of his injuries in hospital, despite the operation.

The next day, law enforcement officers detained two suspects: a 15-year-old boy from Gelsenkirchen and a 14-year-old from Herne. Both were in the spotlight of the police before.

An arrest warrant was issued for the 15-year-old due to the seriousness of the charges, while the 14-year-old was handed over to legal guardians due to insufficient evidence.

The investigation of the circumstances and motives of the crime continues.

According to Bild, one of the attackers was a German of Turkish origin. He is already known to the police for several crimes related to causing bodily injury and robbery. The second suspect is a Greek German, who is also known to the police.

The Basketball Federation of Ukraine reported on the death of 17-year-old Ukrainian basketball player Volodymyr Yermakov in Germany; the Kyiv City Basketball Federation (FBK) adds that the young man died as a result of the attack.

Later, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported that the German police detained the killer.

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