For the last month and a half I have been following the Ukraine crisis on my Twitter account, and it has offered an unprecedented way to get a real understanding of what people think about the situation and how they think it should be resolved.
It has given me great insights on the way individuals frame the conflict, and try to work through evidence that challenges their assumptions and belief systems. The tweets that I followed most closely consisted of messages from Western reporters in the field, US policymakers and diplomats and Western, mostly North American academics.
I tried to stay clear of op-eds written by policymakers since I was more interested in the messages the same people were sending via Twitter. My observations come after having churned through thousands of these messages.