I'm considering learning either Russian or Ukrainian to a very basic level. Basically, to be able to read out loud written text (at least that written in print), and learn a few phrases.
I've already learnt the printed Cyrillic alphabet while learning Mongolian, though I know it'll be different when learning Russian or Ukrainian. I haven't learnt any Slavic languages.
What differences, if any, are there in the difficulty of learning Ukrainian versus learning Russian to a very basic level for a native speaker of English? For example, pronunciation, spelling, and the frequency of loanwords from English. I know that one disadvantage Ukrainian has is that there's fewer resources for that language compared to Russian.