It is just amazing all the historical documents that are now coming to light and being translated into English.
https://risu.org.ua/en/index/monitoring/73282/It could have been written in today’s time, what with all that is currently going on in Ukraine, but the letter was in fact written over 300 years ago.
Its author was Patriarch Dositheos of Jerusalem and its recipient Patriarch Joachim of Moscow. To put things into context, the latter had persuaded the then newly-elected metropolitan of Kyiv to break with established church practice and receive his ordination to the episcopate from the Russian patriarch instead of the patriarch of Constantinople.
Patriarch Joachim’s undertaking had triggered a fierce reaction in Kyiv and despite being pressured, the Ukrainians did not accept the proposal. As a result, pressure was subsequently directed toward Ecumenical Patriarch Dionysios IV in the hope he would change his mind.