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Ukrainian lawmakers have appointed Andriy Taran as the country's new defense minister.

The decision was backed by 285 MPs out of the 386 parliamentarians registered in the session hall, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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As many as 239 members of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction voted for Taran's appointment, while 17 votes in his favor were given by the For Future group and the Dovira group each. Moreover, 12 independent MPs backed his appointment.

The Opposition Platform – For Life Party, Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna Party, Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity Party, and the Holos (Voice) Party did not give any vote in support of Taran.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada appointed Denys Shmyhal as Ukraine's Prime Minister.