Victor Oreshkin, according to a posting on his Facebook site.

Victor Oreshkin, according to a posting on his Facebook site.

A well-loved young man with a selfless devotion to his church has been identified as the fifth NSW victim of the MH17 plane disaster.

The parents of Victor Oreshkin, from Sydney, had gone to the airport to meet their son on Friday morning but he never walked through the arrivals hall.

Candles and flowers at the Netherlands Embassy in Kiev.

Candles and flowers at the Netherlands Embassy in Kiev. Photo: AFP

Instead they received a shattering call from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), a friend has said.

Mr Oreshkin, believed to be in his 30s, had been on a five-week holiday in Europe when the MH17 flight he was on was shot down by pro-Russian separatists over Ukraine.

In a twist Mr Oreshkin is of Russian background.

A local resident looks at the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

A local resident looks at the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Photo: AFP

Pastor Alex Minchenko from Lidcombe's Slavic Evangelical Pentecostal Church, where Mr Oreshkin was involved with the ministry, confirmed Mr Oreshkin was on the fatal flight.

"He was really loved by everyone so it was a big shock for all of us," Mr Minchenko said on Sunday.

"He was a really big part of the church so we really feel for his parents as well as for Victor."

One of Mr Oreshkin's Facebook postings.

One of Mr Oreshkin's Facebook postings.

Mr Minchenko said DFAT notified Mr Oreshkin's parents after they went to collect him from the airport.

Mr Minchenko said there would be a special service for Mr Oreshkin at the church on Sunday morning.

However, he said his grieving family were still not sure where their son was as Mr Oreshkin's body hadn't been found.

A posting on Mr Oreshkin's Facebook site.

A posting on Mr Oreshkin's Facebook site.

Mr Minchenko expressed his excitement about his European holiday on Facebook last month.

"Only 7 days before I leave for overseas," he wrote.

"Five weeks all up, couple weeks in Germany, 2 weeks in Lithuania."

Friend Daniel Digga Jez paid tribute to his "good friend" who died in the most tragic of circumstances.

"He was a good friend...always to find time to hangout with," he posted on Facebook.

"And hes (sic) gone...shot in the sky...oh I can't."

Mr Oreshkin is the fifth NSW resident to die in the crash.

Twenty-five-year old Jack O'Brien, a fitness instructor who worked in Carlingford, was also on the flight.

Nun Sister Philomene Tiernan, who taught at Sydney's exclusive Kincoppal-Rose Bay School and was making her way home after a sabbatical in France when she boarded the doomed flight in Amsterdam.

Former teachers from the NSW Illawarra, Michael and Carol Clancy, are also believed to be among the dead.

According to the latest count based on the Malaysia Airlines passenger manifest, 38 people living in Australia were killed in the crash.

AAP