Russia needs to not waste time and money on broken charity cases... they need to help them help themselves, but they shouldn't fight them to accept funding and investment.
There are lots of countries around the world that would love good relations with Russia and to trade in a way that their own companies make just as much money as the Russian partners they work with.
Many small countries will see groups like the EU or Russian Federation or the US of A as a way to get power and money which they could not achieve on their own.
Russia wants Russians, not Ukrainians and Belarussians and the Baltic russophobe nutters in their house.
Not saying people from these regions can't be Russian citizens, but they have to be Russian first with their region second.
They got what they wanted... independence... and poverty... seems like they need to have a good internal discussion and decide what they actually want.
(and I have only ever given one dislike... and that was to my own post for testing purposes.)