Volodymyr Vakulenko is Ukrainian writer, volunteer and civil society activist. He was born on July 1, 1972 in Kharkiv region. He is an author of 13 books, among which there are "Monoliteracy" (2008) "You Are… Not" (2011), "The Sun’s Family" (2011), "We, the Province!" (2013). His pen name is Volodymyr Vakulenko-K. His own genre, which contains elements of postmodernism, modernism, neo-classicism, and logical absurdism, Volodymyr defines as "contrliterature". Vakulenko is a winner of several Ukrainian and international literary prizes. His works have been translated into English, German, Belarusian, Crimean Tatar, and Esperanto languages.
Volodymyr Vakulenko is also known for his civic activity. During the Revolution of Dignity Volodymyr was wounded in the Marrinskyi Park in Kyiv while fighting against a titushky gang (mercenary agents who supported the Ukrainian police force during the administration of Viktor Yanukovych). Vakulenko has been volunteering for the Ukrainian army since 2015.
On April 10, 2022 Vakulenko’s ex-wife, Iryna Novitska, informed that Volodymyr Vakulenko and his son Vitalii were detained and taken to an unknown destination by Russian occupiers in Kharkiv region. They have been out of touch since March 7.
According to Novitska, Volodymyr Vakulenko was detained by Russian occupiers twice: first time on March 7 and second time after March 25. In the opinion of Iryna Novitska, the occupiers took interest in her ex-husband because of his patriotic attitude and volunteering for the Ukrainian army since 2015.
Vakulenko lived in the village of Kapytolivka near Izium. The local police are investigating his abduction. After Ukrainian Armed Forces have liberated Kapytolivka in September 2022, Volodymyr Vakulenko is still missing.