Ministry of Defense in the new Cabinet is now headed by Andriy Taran, who replaced Andriy Zagorodniuk on this post.
Andriy Taran is retired lieutenant general. He was born on March 4, 1955 in Germany.
He studied at the Kyiv Higher Engineering Radio-Technical School of Air Defense, specializing in military radio engineering. Later he served in the army.
In 1987 he graduated from the Military Academy of Air Defense of the Ground Forces in Kyiv with a degree in military operations management.
Then there was a service in the central apparatus of the Ministry of Defense and retraining at the Institute of International Relations for the diplomatic service.
In 1994, he worked at the Department of Defense Main Intelligence Directorate, and from 1995-1996, he studied at the US National University of Defense in Washington with a degree in National Resource Strategy. Taran is fluent in English.
In politicians’ biography we can mention work in the central apparatus of the Ministry of Defense, as well as the post of military attaché at the Ukrainian embassy in the United States.
From April to August 2015, Andriy Taran served as the representative of Ukraine in the Joint Coordination and Control Center (JCCC) in Donbas.
In July 2015, a message was posted on National Security and Defense Council’s Twitter account:
"General Taran was dismissed from the post of head of the Ukrainian side of the JCCC. He was suspected under Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (High Treason)."
This message was almost immediately denied. The NSDC said that their account was hacked.
In the presidential elections in Ukraine in 2019, he headed the election headquarters of presidential candidate Igor Smeshko.