Busk [Буськ aka Бузьк; Bus'k aka Buzk (Buz'k)]. IV-5. City (2017 pop 8,554) at the cofluence of the Poltva River and Buh River, a raion center in Lviv oblast. Archeological excavations revealed remnants of a fortified settlement in Busk dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries, when the town was likely a main center of the tribe of Buzhanians. It was first mentioned in the chronicles in 1097 as a stronghold, in the 12th century it was a border town of the Volhynia principality and an appanage capital for some years. In 1241 the town was totally destroyed by the Mongol Horde under Batu Khan. Under Polish rule, Busk obtained the right of Magdeburg law (in 1411) and was a county center in Belz voivodeship. Remnants of two forts and many graves have been preserved. Today Busk has a brewery, two brick plants, and a food industry. I. Savchyn’s history of the city appeared in 1996.
[This article was updated in 2020.]