I'm buying my marshmallows
The carrot approach is the one described above... it's why so many politicians (even that are now in the opposition) are rich as all hell. To put that in perspective, Ukraine only has 170bil $ gdp. 37bil $ worth of loans went "missing"... that's nearly 20% of the GDP.
The other approach is the carrot and the stick approach by which Russia takes a carrot, sticks it up the ass of <name of country/person/etc>, then takes the stick and shoves it in deeper then takes that carrot and sticks that up the ass too and shoves it in deeper with the stick, and leaves the stick in there too. It's quite a lot of homosexual imagery... for a very anti-homo country.
Not terribly worried, likely the new direction taken by our military and government will avoid U.S. interference beyond financial support and diplomatic rhetoric. It seems we may have finally learned the lessons of our recent past....don't send in the SWAT team for a domestic dispute.
"Not learning from mistakes is worse than committing mistakes. When you don't allow yourself to make mistakes, it is hard to be tolerant of others and it does not allow even God to be merciful."