March 3, 2022 – ITV News has witnessed the aftermath of overnight Russian shelling of the Ukrainian village of Yakivlivka that left at least four people dead and decimated homes.

We spoke to Natasha, she was sheltering nine people in her home, including young children, when the shelling hit.

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Shockwaves from the blast ripped through every room – lacerating those inside with glass.

“We are cannon fodder,” she says.

But her thoughts are also with the Russian troops.

“There are all these mothers who don’t understand, who don’t have information in Russia about what is happening here. Their children are being killed, they are being used as cannon fodder.”

“They are cannon fodder; we are cannon fodder.”