I cannot say that I feel grief at the terrorist murder of a man I only ever saw once. The assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko has me feeling more shame than anything else.
Alexander Zakharchenko was the head of state of the republic of Donetsk. He was assassinated by bomb in a cafe in the city centre of Donetsk. That Donetsk is not recognised by Her Majesty's Government does not lessen my shame nor make this less of a terrorist act.
I feel shame because the Kiev regime whose agents almost certainly commited this outrage is not much more than a puppet state of the EU and is supported, funded and backed militarily by the EU. This is a policy supported by HMG. Indeed, even after Brexit, Britain will be locked into support of the EU's ambitions to the east.
Britain is supposed to be some kind of democracy so I must take my fair share of the shame of what the government does and supports in my name. Yes, I feel deep shame that we are backing these kinds of acts of terrorism.
The biographical details of Alexander Zakharchenko seem unimportant to us this morning. The rights and wrongs of those who broke away from Kiev after teh Euro-Maidan cannot justify support of a programme (because this is only one of many) assassinations by a regime that is no more than an EU protectorate. Had Scottish independence been established by referendum, would we say it was fine to assassinate First Ministers north of the border?
May and Hammond must be brought to account for this. They have to say if they condemn Kiev for this and will withdraw support for this regime. And we, citizens of Brexit Britain, must demand and ensure a truly independent foreign policy and shoulder our duty to ensure that it is a policy of far higher standards after Brexit than before.