In the corridors of the European Parliament, voices whisper of change. Some are ecstatic. Some are concerned. Most are doubtful. Could it be that amidst all of the horrors of the past few months, the Ukrainian crisis will be the catalyst for profound policy reforms in the European migration and asylum regime?
The most recent headlines about the conflict in Ukraine have marked eyes and hearts alike. Whether it be the New York Times, the Guardian, or Le Monde (amongst others), news coming from the front lines are now shifting from classic security, strategy and policy dissection towards shocking narratives of Ukrainians - especially women - being raped by Russian soldiers. Some outlets were rather rapid in blaming the Russian army of “weaponizing rape”, which implies the widespread and systematic use of rape as a direct tactic of war, or as part of an official policy.