MH17: fifth NSW victim identified as Victor Oreshkin

Victor Oreshkin, a devoutly religious man from Lidcombe in Sydney's west, has been identified as the fifth NSW victim of the MH17 tragedy. 

On Friday morning, the parents of Victor Oreshkin travelled to Sydney airport to pick up their son, believed to be aged in his thirties, but he never arrived through the arrivals hall.

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

Mr Oreshkin's journey had ended hours earlier; his plane, MH17 had been shot down by the missile that claimed 298 lives. 

Mr Oreshkin lived a life surrounded by adventure and religion, from his activity in his local church, to organising Christian conferences. 

Mr Oreshkin with his friends in Lithuania Photo: Facebook

"Be yourself, no matter what other people think, God made you the way you are for a reason." Mr Oreshkin posted on his Facebook wall. 

Mr Oreshkin was devoted to the Lidcombe Slavic Evangelical Pentecostal Church, where he was involved in the ministry. 

"He was a really big part of the church so we really feel for his parents as well as for Victor," said family friend and church pastor Alexander Minchenko. 

"He was really loved by everyone so it was a big shock for all of us."

"He was a good friend...always to find time to hangout with,"  Mr Oreshkin's friend Daniel Digga Jez posted on Facebook.

"And he's gone...shot in the sky...oh I can't."

Mr Oreshkin's sense of adventure shone through in his travel ambitions and in his enjoyment of programs like Extreme Fishing and Man vs Wild. 

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

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

Mr Oreshkin also had a dry sense of humour, he recognised that a life of religious devotion didn't neccesarily mean all would go to plan. 

Mr Oreshkin's was also heavily involved in organising Christian youth conferences in Sydney.

In June the conference he helped organise drew inspiration from the verse, "draw near to god and he will draw near to you." 

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, 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.

This story MH17: fifth NSW victim identified as Victor Oreshkin first appeared on Parramatta Sun.


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