Born in 1955 in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany in the family of servicemen.
Has higher education. Graduated from Kyiv Higher Anti-Aircraft Missile Engineering College.
Andrii Taran has been in the service since August 1972, retired as a lieutenant general in December 2016.
Started officer service as Deputy Commander of Air Defense Missile Battery.
After graduating from the command faculty of the military academy, he was chief of staff - deputy commander of the anti-aircraft missile regiment.
Andrii Taran served in command and staff positions in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Having received a master's degree from the US National Defense University, he continued to serve in the central office of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Andrii Taran worked as a Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America and a representative of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine at the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN.
Participant in the anti-terrorist operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. He held the position of Head of the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of Ceasefire and Stabilization of the Demarcation Line.
Andrii Taran took part in the work of the Trilateral Contact Group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
March 4, 2020 – appointed Minister of Defence of Ukraine.
Andrii Taran has been awarded the Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky of the 2nd and 3rd classes, numerous honours of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and other state institutions of Ukraine.
Married, has children.