Fidel Castro blames Ukrainian government for taking down plane

Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro, aged 87, talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Havana in this undated handout photograph released to Reuters on July 11, 2014.

(Reuters) – Former Cuban President Fidel Castro blamed the “warmonger” government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for shooting down a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine.

World leaders are demanding an international investigation into Thursday’s tragedy, which could mark a pivotal moment in the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

While U.S. officials suspect it was downed by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile fired by Moscow-backed Ukrainian separatists, Castro blamed the other side in the Ukrainian conflict.

“Cuba … cannot go without expressing its repudiation over the action of such an anti-Russian, anti-Ukrainian and pro-imperialist government,” the retired revolutionary wrote in a 270-word article published in official Cuban media on Friday…