Tensions with Russia over Ukraine will “test our mettle”, Liz Truss has warned ahead of a trip to Kyiv.
Writing in the Telegraph, the foreign secretary said the West “must not be lulled into a false sense of security” after Russia claimed it had pulled back troops from the country’s border.
Its defence ministry said on Tuesday it was removing forces after the completion of military exercises.
But a senior US official said another 7,000 troops had arrived instead.
Mr Stoltenberg also said he was concerned Russia may be trying to engineer a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine.
His comments came as Ukrainian officials accused Russia-backed separatists in Donbas of shelling a village in the Ukraine-controlled area.
The local mayor Albert Zinchenko told BBC News the strike hit the village’s kindergarten injuring a security guard, a laundry worker and an assistant teacher.
Earlier, Russia-backed separatists in the Donbas region claimed the Ukrainian military started shelling a number of settlements.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the attack as a “false flag operation designed to discredit the Ukrainians, designed to create a pretext, a spurious provocation for Russian action”.
He said a Russian invasion would result in a “bloody and protracted conflict in which, I’m afraid, there will be many casualties and including many Russian casualties”
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