Vladimir Putin has surged to a three-year approval high, as Russians back his stance on Ukraine. Though support for the president has never dipped below 60 percent, he has climbed over 10 points in the last month to almost 72 percent. And the stats could keep climbing; following his 2008 invasion of Georgia, Putin’s popularity hit 88 percent. Alternatively, if Russians are forced to bear the economic brunt of their president’s adventurism he could quickly fall from favor. For now, though his actions have received an icy international reception, those at home have rekindled their passion for Putin.