Oh, my. It looks Noah Smith, a Stony Brook assistant professor of finance and Bloomberg View columnist, needs to go back to school:

Tiny? Let’s see if Twitter can help a professor out:

And here’s a list of the countries of Europe by size. “Tiny” Ukraine is No. 2:

Smith’s tweet also doesn’t reflect the historic significance of Ukraine and Crimea to the region:

Smith later backpedaled a little, claiming that Crimea and Donbass are small:

Crimea, if it were its own European country, would be just below Belgium on the list. Small, but bigger than about a dozen other European nations.

And will end it with this:

Do you think? Let’s search his Twitter feed and find out:

You betcha!