You make a lot of ill founded assumptions.
It IS a witness account. I write it that way because it happened to me. And it is certainly not fiction.
Why in the world would you say "Looks to be copied and pasted."?
I have been to Ukraine some 20-30 times. The first time I visited there were guards holding rifles in the ready position as we went through passport control and customs.
When I was there just a few months ago - there was a laid back "no problem" attitude like a pre-9/11 flight experience in America used to be.
They seem to be moving in the exact opposite direction compared to the US.