A schoolboy has been left in a coma after he was brutally beaten by unidentified attackers in the heart of Paris last week.
The violent assault was captured on CCTV camera and shows the gang surrounding the teenage boy, Yuriy Khruchenyk, from Ukraine and beating him unconscious.
The incident, thought to involve up to 10 youths, took place near the Eiffel Tower and the Beaugrenelle Shopping Center at 6.30pm in Paris on January 15.
Yuri was with friends when the attack took place and the teenager was the only one who did not manage to escape.
He was surrounded by a group of assailants who were reportedly wielding metal rods, bats and knives that left him with skull punctures, arm and rib fractures, stab wounds and eye trauma.
The boy, 15, is currently in a coma in a hospital in the city after the attack that resulted in the Paris public prosecutor's office opening an investigation for 'attempted voluntary homicide'.
Details of the attack together with a call for witnesses to come forward was made by Ukraine's ambassador in France, Vadim Omelchenko, on his Twitter account.
In his post, he said: 'A tragic incident has occurred in Paris, which resulted in unknown people beating Ukrainian teenager Yuri.'
According to ambassador Omelchenko, the Ukrainian Consulate is liaising with local law enforcement officials.
Yuriy's mother, Nataliya Khruchenyk, meanwhile has created an Instagram account dedicated to the search for witnesses.
Meanwhile, an investigating source said: ‘None have yet been identified but a breakthrough is expected based on the video evidence.'
Investigators say the incident has hallmarks of an organised gang attack, with a group of teenagers from the southern suburb of Vanves thought to be responsible.
‘They saw the gang running towards them, but Yuriy struggled to get away,’ said an investigating source.
‘As he tried to run, he fell over and was caught by the gang, who started kicking and punching him, and hitting him with iron bars and baseball bats.
‘He was rushed to hospital, where he was found to have fractures to his skull, and a decision was taken to place him in an induced coma.’
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said it was ‘an attack of incredible savagery’ and offered ‘support for the young boy and his family’.
Xavier Iacovelli, a French Senator, said on Twitter: ‘This video is unbearable, where the young Yuriy, a 15-year-old schoolboy is lynched by 10 individuals armed with iron bars, clearly intent on killing him. My thoughts are with Yuriy, who is in a coma, and with his family.’
Words of support for Yuriy, who was just 14 when the attack happened and a promising footballers, have come from celebrities.
Film star Omar Sy, star of the new Netflix series Lupin, said on Twitter ‘Good recovery to you Yuriy, I think of you and yours’, while World Cup winning France football star wrote: ‘Unbearable images – power to you Yuriy and get well.'
On Sunday, a spokesman for the Necker children’s hospital in Paris said Yuriy was ‘stable’ and his condition was no longer life threatening.
A spokesman for Paris prosecutors said: ‘An attempted murder enquiry has been opened.’
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