|Ukrainian: Південний Буг, Pivdennyi Buh|
|- location||Bug Estuary, Ukraine|
|Length||806 km (501 mi)|
|Basin||63,700 km2 (24,595 sq mi)|
The source of the river is in the west of Ukraine, in the Volyn-Podillia Upland, about 145 km from the Polish border, from where it flows southeasterly into the Bug Estuary (Black Sea basin) through the southern steppes. It is 806 kilometres (501 mi) long and drains 63,700 km².
Etymology and history
The local Slavic name of the river that existed from immemorial times was Boh (Cyrillic: Бог) which derived from word rich (Ukrainian: бaгата, bahata). The famous French military engineer and geographer Guillaume Le Vasseur de Beauplan depicted the river exactly as Boh Ruthenian (Ukrainian: Бог Руський, Boh Ruskyi).
Southern Bug is a Russian name that was established during the colonial period in Ukraine. The name is now the accepted one. It was a misnomer given[clarification needed] by a Russian geologist Vladimir Laskaryev at the beginning of 20th century.
On March 6, 1918 the Central Council of Ukraine adopted the law "For the administrative-territorial division of Ukraine" dividing Ukraine into numerous lands. One of those lands in the upper stream of the river was named "Boh land" (Ukrainian: Побожжя, Pobozhia). Previously in the 18th century there existed the Bohogard phalanx (Ukrainian: Бoгоґардівська паланка, Bohogardivska palanka) as part of the Zaporizhian Sich centered in the city of Gard (today – a tract near Yuzhnoukrainsk).
Bridges and ferries
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The river is technically navigable for dozens of kilometers up from its mouth; several riverports (such as Voznesensk) exist.
Winter-frozen Southern Bug in Mykolaiv.
The Ploska River emptying into the Southern Bug.
Southern Bug in Vinnytsia.
A riverboat on the river in Vinnytsia (2006).
Riverside skyline of Khmelnytskyi.
Southern Bug in vicinity of the Granite-steppe lands of Bug landscape park.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Southern Bug.|
- Southern Buh rafting
- (Polish) Boh in the Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland (1880)
- (Russian) Photos of the Southern Buh coasts